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Tough Topic: Yazidi Women Enslaved by ISIS - Tough Cookies
Last week I stumbled upon a photo/story series called “Escaped” by Seivan Salim. Here is the introduction to the series: On August 3rd 2014, ISIS insurgents attacked the northern Iraqi city of Sinjar, an area largely populated by the Yazidi, whom the militants view as “devil worshippers.” The militants shot and killed tens of thousands of people and kidnapped over 5,000 women who were sold into sexual slavery. Photographer Seivan Salim interviewed a handful of Yazidi women who were able to escape. She photographed them wearing traditional white Yazidi wedding dresses, their cultural symbol for purity. AZHIN, 22. From Kojo, Sinjar. Date of capture August 15, 2014. Held for 11 months At first we were in prison in Raqqa for fifteen days. They behaved like animals. They traded us like you would with a car. A man from Saudi Arabia bought me and I was taken to a house where two other men lived as well. I begged him to let me be with my sister. He hit me on the head with his pistol until I bled. They didn’t take me to the hospital. Instead they took me back to the prison while I was still unconscious. My sister was sold three days later …