'Can one take 2 slave girls?’ ISIS militants joke about selling Yazidi women (VIDEO)
A group of Islamic State fighters laugh and make merry as they chat about the sale and transfer of kidnapped Yazidi women in a video.
“Today is the day of female slaves and we should have our share,” declares a bearded militant, flanked by fellow fighters on a couch. The video, which has not been independently verified, was released by the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) last month and has been newly translated by Al Aan TV, a Dubai based TV station.
“Where is my Yazidi girl?” one man asks repeatedly as others laugh. The video was shot in the Iraqi city of Mosul, an IS stronghold, captured in June, reports Al Aan.
“Whoever wants to sell his slave, whoever wants to give his slave as a present…everyone is free to do what he wants with his share,” says the bearded fighter, eager to obtain a slave girl of his own.
One man comes forward purporting to have a slave girl for sale. The two begin to negotiate, with the buyer offering three to five “banknotes” (each believed to be about $100) for the girl.
The potential buyer says the price will differ depending on the color of the girl’s eyes and quips that he will have to check her teeth before sealing the deal.
“If she doesn’t have teeth, why would I want her?” he says.
IS fighters kidnapped thousands of Yazidi women and girls in August as they swept through the Sinjar mountains where the small Yazidi community has lived for thousands of years. Girls and women were systematically separated from their families and forced into marriage and conversion to Islam, according to a Human Rights Watch report (HRW). Eyewitnesses report seeing girls being bought and sold by the fighters.
The Islamic State has bragged about reviving slavery and claim they are empowered to enslave Yazidis, whom they consider devil worshippers. Yazidis are a Kurdish minority, which practices a religion linked to Zoroastrianism and influenced by Sufi Islam.
“After capture, the Yazidi women and children were then divided according to the sharia amongst the fighters of the Islamic State who participated in the Sinjar operations,” IS wrote in their propaganda magazine Dabiq.
Over 120 prominent Muslim scholars signed an open letter to the IS leadership, denouncing them and their flawed interpretation of the Koran and Sharia law in September.