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27/07/15, Zakho, Iraq -- <br />
Shirin, 22 years-old, illiterate. <br />
From Kojo - Sinjar area<br />
Date of capture: 15/08/2014<br />
Length of captivity: 7 months<br />
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My whole family was taken at night except for one of my brothers. They brought us to a school and took our phones, money, gold; everything. They put the women and children on a bus and we were taken to Mosul at night, to be sold. I was sold to a man who came from Albania. He lived together with five other families and I became the group’s slave. I was forced to clean, to pray like a Muslim and to have sex with all of them. I stayed with them for 4 months before they sold me again, this time to a family in Syria where I had to take care of the children. After 2 months, I decided to flee. I covered myself in black and left the house. On the way I asked for help from a stranger in the streets. I was lucky. They brought me to a house where I could call my brother. He managed to get money from an NGO and I was smuggled through the border into Turkey. My family is still somewhere in ISIS territory.<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.