The victim meets the perpetrator: Yazidi woman faints confronting rapist

A video on Iraqi TV brought a victim of rape to confront the man who abused her. But she fainted during the broadcast. The video raises questions about whether this helped the victim or further traumatized her, but according to the show she asked for the confrontation.

MEMRI put up a translation: “On November 26, 2019, Al-Iraqiya Network (Iraq) aired a report about Ashwaq Haji Hamid, a Yazidi girl who had been held captive by ISIS, and Abu Humam, the ISIS terrorist who had held her captive and brutally raped her. Hamid recounted that she had been 14 years old when an ISIS gang abducted her and took her to Mosul with 300 or 400 other Yazidi women who were above the age of nine.”

The transcript is even more horrifying, it also sheds light on how some people felt ISIS crimes were normal and that its crimes came easily to its adherents:


“Abu Humam”: They were given to the people who participated in the raid on Sinjar. Some were given as gifts and some were sold. I went [into a room] where there were five slave girls. [Abu Hilal] said to me: “We cast lots and you got this slave girl, Ashwaq.”


Ashwaq Haji Hamid: Abu Humam selected me and then he pulled me by the hair. I did not expect them to rape us, because I was only 14. But they restrained us with iron handcuffs and violently raped us. They raped us one after the other. Abu Hilal raped three girlst, Abu Anas raped another one, and Abu Humam raped me.

“Abu Humam”: She was a 14-year-old, born in 1999. I took her that same night and I raped her the next day, more or less. She did not want it, so I beat her to make her agree to the rape. She was raped the next day, more or less… the following day, after the rape, we went to the judge, and she was officially registered under my name.

Ashwaq Haji Hamid: He kept promising me that he would let me go, but then he would rape three times a day and beat me three or four times a day. I was just a child and didn’t know anything. I tried to fight him and push him away when he was trying [to rape me]. Not a day passed without him beating me three or four times.

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