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“He would beat my children up and lock them up in a room. They would cry inside and I would sit outside the door crying. I begged him to kill us but he said he didn’t want to go to hell because of us.”

These are the words of a 42-year old Yazidi women from Sinjar, Iraq. The Yazidi people believe that over 3,000 women and children are being held by the Islamic State, sold on slave markets.

Amnesty International has interviewed survivors, many of whom suffer from great physical and emotional stress, and need the international community to step in and provide immediate, long-term aid.

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