According to reports, a 9-year-old girl held captive by ISIS extremists became pregnant after being raped by at least 10 militants throughout the course of her imprisonment.
The young girl was one of 216 people from an Iraqi minority community known as Yazidis that were freed from ISIS captivity. Aid workers claimed to have seen the girl pregnant after being released. The terrorist group held her in captivity for more than eight months.
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“Even a cesarean section is dangerous,” aid worker Yousif Daoud said of the girl’s options for giving birth. “The abuse she has suffered left her mentally and physically traumatized.”
The 9-year-old was one of 1,500 to 4,000 Yazidi women and girls that were taken from their community in August. The women were raped, tortured and forced into marriage while in ISIS custody. Of the 216 Yazidi citizens freed, the majority were either elderly, young, infirm or in poor health. While the reason for the release of the hostages remains unclear, Kurdish officials believed that holding on to the prisoners was beginning to slow ISIS militants down.