& # 39; They bought us as if we were sheep & # 39 ;: a woman being imprisoned by ISIS as a teenager reveals how she was & # 39; traded as cattle & # 39; and was raped repeatedly – creating a new life in Australia
- Hayfa Adi rebuilds her life in Queensland after being imprisoned by ISIS
- Hayfa lived in the village of Kocho in northern Iraq during the genocide of Yazidi people
- She was imprisoned for two years and does not know her husband's fate
- Her parents paid a human smuggler to buy her so that she could escape her captors
- Hayfa has now joined a community of around 800 Yazidi refugees in Toowoomba
A woman who was abducted by the Islamic State at the age of 17 and detained for more than two years has opened herself up to & # 39; trade as cattle & # 39; and repeatedly raped.
Hayfa Adi rebuilds her life with her two sons in the city of Toowoomba in southeast Queensland, but does not know what happened to her husband after ISIS stormed her village in August 2014.
Hayfa tells how she was heavily pregnant and made lunch for her first-born son and her husband Ghazi when terror arrived in their village of Kocho in northern Iraq.
Hayfa Adi rebuilds her life with her two sons in Toowoomba but still doesn't know what happened to her husband after ISIS stormed her village in August 2014
& # 39; I had lunch and we were ready to eat. The door was knocked around noon. My husband's uncle came running to us and said: & # 39; ISIS is in Kocho & # 39 ;, she said 7.30.
The village was occupied as part of the ISIS genocide on the Yazidi people in northern Iraq and Syria.
The 1,200 inhabitants of the city were brought together at the local school where Hayfa says they were ordered to convert to Islam.
She said that when they refused to repent, the men were taken away.
Other witnesses have told the United Nations that the men have been killed. Suspicious mass graves have since been discovered on the site.
Hayfa still hopes that Ghazi has somehow survived and that one day she will see her husband and be happy again.
Hayfa and other women and children were held captive by ISIS militants for the next two years.
She revealed how she was bought and sold about 20 times.
& # 39; They bought us as if we were sheep. Just like sheep … I refused to show them my body. We had to show our hands. White was considered beautiful. And they would see if our hair was beautiful and long, & she said.
Some people who bought her tortured and beat her.
& # 39; They tied my hands and legs, blindfolded and gagged in my mouth. They beat me and kept me locked in a room. Then I let them sleep with me so that I could get my son back. & # 39;
She finally escaped her kidnappers when her parents paid a human smuggler to buy her.
Hayza says more than anything that she is tired, but the comfortable life of her children in Toowoomba is what matters most to her
Hayza and her two sons came to Australia last year with humanitarian visas and joined a growing group of 800 Yazidi refugees in Toowoomba.
She works with the Australian Red Cross Tracing Team, whose goal is to connect families separated by conflicts or disasters, hoping to get to know her husband's destiny.
Hayza says more than anything that she is tired, but the comfortable life of her children in Toowoomba is what matters most to her.
She wants to tell her story in the hope that what happened to her and her family should never happen again.
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