Yezidi-women victimised by ISIS, thank Belgium
Roni Alasor / March 30, 2023 - Middle East Diplomatic - A group of surviving Yazidi women who were victims of the criminal Islamist terrorist gangs ISIS for several years visited the Belgian Federal Parliament to thank it for recognising the genocide of the Kurdish Yazidis.
The delegation of Yezidi women, accompanied by Kurdish-Dutch filmmaker Reber Dosky, was received by MPs Georges Dallemagne, Koen Metsu, Kathleen Depoorter, Darya Safai, Vicky Reynaert, Ellen Samyn, Pieter Despiegeleer, Annick Ponthier and Albert Vicaire en Guillaume Defossé at a reception at the Belgian Federal Parliament in cooperation with the Brussels-based Kurdish Institute.
The Belgian parliamentarians stressed that international community must not forget the pain and suffering of the Kurdish Yezidis, especially the victimised women who have been tortured, humiliated and held as sex slaves in brutal conditions for years by the Islamist terrorist gangs.
Lawmakers, the affected women and Kurdish representatives, as well as the head of AANES/ Rojava in Europe, Dr. Abdulkarim Omer, called on the Belgian government and the international community to end the crimes against the Kurdish Yezidis.
Victim Ms. Faiza Khamal
Speaking to Middle East Diplomatic, Ms. Faiza Khamal, one of the survivors, told that she was only 11 years old when she was captured by Islamist terrorist gangs. From 2014 to September 2019, she has been abused with all means by ISIS. She lost several family members, including her younger sister.
"I was just a child when I was captured and held by the Islamist terrorists. I suffered a lot day and night, I was sold into sex slavery several times. During those 5 years I lived in fear and in brutal conditions. I could not believe that one day I would be free. That was almost 9 years ago now, but the pain is still there."
The tragic story of Ms. Faiza, published by Kurdish-Yezidi writer Hussein Baadry under the title "A White Rose in the Black Forest", its not unique, but is similar to that of thousands of other Yezidi women who were kidnapped and made sex slaves by Islamist terrorists (ISIS).
The last place where the crimes were committed against Ms. Faiza was in ISIS Al-Hawl camp. She was freed from the hands of the Islamist terrorist gangs ISIS in September 2019 by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) led by the Rojava Kurds.
During COVID-19 in 2021, the majority of MPs in the Belgian Parliament voted unanimously to officially recognise ISIS crimes against the Kurdish religious community of Yezidis in Iraq and Syria, as genocide.
By a majority vote of the 139 deputies present, the Belgian parliament passed this non-binding resolution calling on the federal government to "prosecute and punish" the perpetrators of these crimes" and to support any initiative by the international community in this regard. Belgian lawmakers also called on the government to "use all national and international legal means to ensure that the crime of genocide committed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria does not go unpunished."
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