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16-Year-Old Girl Sets Herself On Fire To Prevent ISIS Rape

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After being repeatedly raped by Islamic State terrorists, a 16-year-old Yazidi girl named Yazmin set herself on fire to avoid another assault, ultimately surviving the ordeal.

Yasmin doused herself in gasoline and lit a match, scorching her entire body, in an attempt to make herself less desirable to the terrorist group, according to a report by Fox News.

“Now she looks like a zombie, and children cry when they see her,” Dr. Jan Kizilhan, a psychology professor and trauma expert from northern Iraq, told Fox in an interview. “It is so difficult to see what the fire did to her.”

ISIS considers the small Yazidi religious minority to be devil worshipers, and believes raping Yazidi women is no different than “killing a chicken,” said Kizilhan. The terrorist group created a massive underground market for the buying and selling of Yazidi sex slaves when it began its rise in 2014. It is estimated that as many as 3,000 women and girls have been sold on the market.

Abu Chiad, a captured ISIS fighter, told Kizilhan that the group believes raping and slaughtering women will grant entrance to heaven. Yazidi women are specifically targeted because ISIS believes they are devil worshipers. The Yazidi religion combines aspects of Zoroastrianism, Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The United Nations has said that ISIS’s assault on Yazidis comprises a genocide.

Yasmin was transferred to a hospital in Stuttgart, Germany so that she can be treated. She will undergo more than 20 surgeries while hospitalized.

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