A Yazidi teenager who was repeatedly raped by ISIS militants has revealed how she set herself on fire in a refugee camp because she thought the Islamists were coming for her again.
Yasmin, 18, fled her captors after a week of torture and abuse and made it to a refugee camp in northern Iraq.
The flames burned her hair, hands and face – peeling away her nose, lips and ears – and left her physically disfigured.Recalling her ordeal, Yasmin – who was 16 when she was captured is now living in Germany where she is being given therapy by Dr Kizilhan, who is trying to help 1,100 women who were abused by ISIS.
ir voice was in my ears,’ she said. ‘I could hear their voice, I was so scared.”I couldn’t take it anymore,’ she said. ‘And this is what happened to me.
Yasmin now shares a modest single-family home with her parents, sister and two brothers.
Yasmin wears loose-fitting clothing to protect her sensitive skin, and a machine at her bedside helps her breathe because of her damaged nose and airways.
She hopes to eventually go to school, improve her German, learn English, and get a job involving computers. Yet she still fears ISIS, especially after two recent attacks in Germany claimed by the group.
Yasmin has somewhere between five and 15 surgeries ahead of her, Dr Kizilhan says.
She dreams of going out in public again without turning heads, without children looking at her and crying.
‘I want to be through the surgeries and be healthy again,’ Yasmin said. ‘My family is here and I want to start a new life.’