The Islamic State forced a starving Yazidi sex slave to eat her own son’s corpse as a trick to entertain the jihadis, an Iraqi MP has revealed.
“One of the women whom we managed to retrieve from ISIS said that she was held in a cellar for three days without food or water,” Iraqi MP Vian Dakhil told Egyptian TV channel Extra News. “Afterwards, they brought her a plate of rice and meat. She ate the food because she was very hungry.”
“When she was finished they said to her: ‘We cooked your one-year-old son that we took from you, and this is what you just ate,'” she continued, wiping away the tears as she recounted the ordeal.
Yazidis, a religious minority community native to Northern Iraq, have been the victims of mass persecution at the hands of the Islamic State, who consider them devil worshippers. Last year, the United Nations determined that Islamic State crimes against Yazidis should be classified as genocide.
During the interview, Dakhil revealed further atrocities committed by the terrorist organization, such as the gang rape of girls as young as ten.
“One of the girls said that they took six of her sisters. Her younger sister, a ten-year-old girl, was raped to death in front of her father and sisters. She was ten years old,” she said. “The question that we ask ourselves is: “Why? Why did these savages do this to us?”‘
Dakhil is Iraq’s only Yazidi member of Parliament and has become a prominent voice for Yazidis and other victims of the Islamic State. She has long campaigned for greater international effort to prevent the persecution and personally participated in rescue missions to save stranded Yazidis trapped on Sinjar mountain following the Islamic State takeover of Sinjar in 2014.
Other activists and human rights advocates have corroborated the stories of atrocities committed against Yazidis in Iraq. A Yazidi activist told a Women for Women International conference in April that one survivor witnessed Islamic State terrorists cutting open a pregnant captive and consequently raping her baby before raping her as well.
This month, the House passed a bill unanimously that seeks to improve humanitarian efforts towards Yazidis and other persecuted minorities in the Middle East.
“Tens of thousands of religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria continue to face persecution at the hands of ISIS and they need our help now,” Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) said in announcing the bill’s passage. “H.R. 390 will provide urgently needed humanitarian relief to the survivors of what both the Congress and the State Department have labeled as ‘genocide’ and ensure we hold the perpetrators of these crimes accountable.”