A Yazidi sex slave, who was kidnapped by ISIS, has joined an all-female resistance group to take revenge on the terror group.
Heza Shankal and her sisters were kindapped during a massacre in Sinjar, northern Iraq, in 2014.
The Yazidi community, a minority group who are neither Arab nor Muslims, are seen as devil-worshippers by ISIS.
Thousands of girls and women were kidnapped to become sex slaves, while men were slaughtered and little boys were seized to be trained as child soldiers.
Dressed in military clothing and armed with a gun, Ms Shankal told Arab24 she had been ‘sold and bought’ in the terror group’s slave markets before she was ‘finally liberated’.
Ms Shankal was trafficked into the caliphate’s ‘capital’ Raqqa as a sex slave.
‘They took us like sheep. They chased us and humiliated us in these very streets,’ she said.
The young woman will not discuss in detail what happened to her during her 10 months of captivity.
She was bought by five different ISIS fighters over that period and tried to take her own life several times.
But in May 2015, she escaped to a nearby market and found a Syrian Kurdish family who smuggled her out of the city.
Ms Shankal then travelled around 250 miles across war-ravaged northeast Syria back into Iraq to join the Shengal Women’s Units (YPS).
Determined to take revenge on the terror group, the young woman underwent intensive weapons training.
‘I was surprised to see a military force for protecting Shankal, so I decided to join the units and take revenge,’ she said.
When the SDF announced its fight for Raqqa in November 2016, she and other YPS fighters were prepared for battle.
The SDF finally broke into the city in June and the YPS took up their first positions in Al-Meshleb several weeks later.