Almost a year after ISIS overtook the Yezidi area of Sinjar and kidnapped thousands, the main way to free those still in the jihadists’ clutches is by buying them back through middlemen.
Since they were taken by ISIS last August as slaves and forced to
convert to Islam, some 1,700 Yezidis have managed to escape. Many of
them were able to run away, and with the help of locals, found their way
out of the caliphate.
Some were helped by Kurdish aid workers who paid locals to help the
girls escape. But in the past months, fewer and fewer women and girls
were able to escape in this way. More and more, they have had to be
rescued, or their freedom has had to be bought.
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