Fears growing for Yazidi women held by Isis:
Up to 1,500 may have been captured and are being forced to becomes the wives of fighters or face imprisonment or death
Islamic State militants have kidnapped more than 1,500 women in Sinjar.
It is believed they are trying to co-opt them as the wives of fighters.
Yazidi children have also suffered harrowing ordeals in northern Iraq.
Kidnappings ‘happened in areas where residents took up arms against IS’.
Women are being held separately from the men in IS-controlled Tal Afar.
200,000 people escaped to safety but others remain on Mount Sinjar.
More than 1,500 Yazidi women seized by Islamic extremists in Iraq are being forced to ‘marry’ their captors, it was claimed today.
Witnesses in the town of Sinjar say Al Qaeda-inspired Islamic State fighters separated the younger women from the rest of the local population and most were shunted off in buses or trucks.
It is believed to be an attempt to co-opt them into service as the wives of fighters.
Up to 3,000 women and girls have been kidnapped by the jihadis in the north of the country in just a fortnight – and hundreds of men who refuse to convert have been shot dead.
The kidnappings appear to have happened in villages where residents took up arms against IS – and the women are being held separately from the men in IS-controlled Tal Afar, east of Mount Sinjar.
Some 200,000 people escaped to safety in Iraq’s Kurdish region, but others remain on the mountain.
Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s senior crisis response adviser, told the Agence France-Presse news agency: ‘The victims are of all ages, from babies to elderly men and women.’
‘It seems they took away entire families, all those who did not manage to flee. We fear the men may have been executed.’
Two women – Leila Khalaf and Wadhan Khalaf – were among those kidnapped from Mujamma Jazira village, said their relative Dakhil Atto Solo.
He added that the abductions happened after residents tried to resist the IS attack, telling AFP: ‘Of course we tried to defend our villages, but they had much bigger weapons.
‘All we had were our Kalashnikovs. They executed 300 men, and took the women to their prisons. Only God can save them now.’ Their children, said Mr Solo, were rescued by the family.
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