The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) is forcing residents in Raqqa, Syria, the capital of their “caliphate” in Syria and Iraq, to donate blood for their injured fighters. In January, Yazidi sex slave girls told the media the militants also forced them to donate blood.
Abu Mohammed Hussam, one of the campaign’s founders [Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently], told The Independent up to 100 people had been forced to give blood over the past few days. Last month, a former Yazidi teenager captured and used as a sex slave by the group described how militants were forcing hostages to give their blood for transfusions.
He said this sudden drive for blood was to treat dozens of fighters badly wounded by air strikes in Kobani. Isis were forced to withdraw from the border city following a two-pronged attack from Kurdish fighters and coalition air strikes. Most of those made to give blood have reportedly been men, although he says one woman has also been ordered to do so.
Hamshe, a 19-year-old Iraqi Yazidi girl, escaped the Islamic State after 28 days. It is believed the terrorist group murdered her husband, father-in-law, and brother-in-law.
“I can never forget when they separated the men and women from each other,” she told activist Nareen Shammo for the BBC documentary, Slaves of the Caliphate. “It was very painful to witness women and girls being taken as war spoils. They forced the Yazidi girls to donate blood to Isis wounded fighters. Which God allows these acts?”
Shammo found other women who confirmed the terrorists force women to donate blood.
“They even take our girls and old women’s blood,” she reported. “They use it for their wounded Isis fighters.”