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27/07/15, Zakho, Iraq -- <br />
Amal, 18 years-old, 5th grade secondary school. <br />
From Talqasab, Sinjar area. <br />
Date of capture: 03/08/2014<br />
Length of captivity: 11 months<br />
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We heard heavy shooting outside at around three in the morning and we immediately ran towards Mt. Sinjar. At around noon we were stopped by ISIS. We had almost reached the mountain; we were almost safe. They took all of us, fourteen members of my family. They took us to Sinjar and then Tal Afar. The fighters were scared of coalition airstrikes so kept moving from town to town around Mosul. They separated the women from the men and brought me with seventeen other girls back to Tal Afar. They kept moving us around: first Zommar for a month, then Kasrolmehrab where we stayed for three months and lastly Hayolkhazra. Here my mother was taken away from me. After six months they took me back to Tal Afar again. The worst thing I saw was the killings in Sinjar. I saw so many corpses on the road; it was terrible. The saddest thing I remember, during those terrible months, was this little girl, twelve years-old. They raped her without mercy. <br />
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Identifying details of the girls' accounts have been omitted, their names changed and identifying physical features and designs(such as tattoos) have been deleted in order to ensure their safety.
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