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29/07/15, Zakho, Iraq -- <br />
Azhin, 22 years-old, Illiterate<br />
From Kojo, Sinjar area <br />
Date of capture 15/08/2014<br />
Length of captivity: 11 months<br />
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At fist 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 and I was heart broken. But, we were reunited when I was sold later—along with seven other girls—to the same people. We were kept in a house during the day. Different men would come and pick us up for the night. We stayed like that for five months. There was not enough food and we couldn’t wash. I was sold again. This time for two months to a man from Tajikistan. He was later killed fighting, so I was sold again, and then again, but this time I was given as a present. I was forced to have sex up to six times per night. They always fastened my legs and arms when they raped me. One time I tried to run away but they caught me again. They didn't feed me for six days and three times a day they would give me twelve lashes with a cable.<br />
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I don't know anything about my mom, dad and brothers. All I know is that my sisters were captured too. <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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