Yazidi teen says she was raped every day for 6 months by Daesh captor

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Ekhlas, Yazidi teen says she was raped every day for 6 months by Daesh captor
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Ekhlas, Yazidi teen says she was raped every day for 6 months by Daesh captor
Updated 25 July 2017

Yazidi teen says she was raped every day for 6 months by Daesh captor

DUBAI: A teenaged Yazidi girl has spoken out about how she was captured by Daesh militants and raped every day for six months, before she finally managed to escape.
Speaking to the BBC, Ekhlas explains how she was 14, in 2014 when she was captured and held as a sex slave, with her captors subjecting her to daily abuse.
“Every day for six months he raped me,” she explained, adding that she eventually tried to kill herself.
Daesh targeted the Yazidis, an ethnic group in Northern Iraq, who were forced to flee as the militants approached the Sinjar district, killing the men and capturing the women and girls.
Many thousands of innocent people were killed as they attempted to flee into the Sinjar mountain region. Daesh surrounded the Yazidis, an ethnic Kurdish group, in August 2014. There were about 50,000 people trapped without food or water and no way to defend themselves.
There were some attempts to rescue the people who left stranded at the top of the mountain, but attempts to drop aid, or to save the many thousands were thwarted.
Ekhlas tried to escape with them, but was too slow and was captured.
Speaking of her abuser for six months, she explained how she was selected: “He picked me out of 150 girls by drawing lots.”
Looking physically repulsed, she describes her abuser in the interview – a man who for six months raped her – a 14-year-old child – each day.
“He was so ugly, like a beast, with his long hair… He smelt so bad. I was so frightened. I couldn’t look at him.”
She said she saw no way out of the situation, adding: “I tried to kill myself.”
She said that she would want to cry, hit out and stop the abuse, but she defiantly concludes: "My smile was my weapon."
But luckily Ekhlas managed to escape while her abuser was fighting and she was taken to a refugee camp.
During the interview with the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Show, Ekhlas looks at times obviously angry, sometimes disgusted as she recalls the man who denied the opportunity to experience youth. But not once does she show any sign of crying.
“How am I telling you this without crying?” She considers at one point during the interview. “I tell you I ran out of tears.”
She now lives in a psychiatric hospital in Germany where she is being educated and receiving therapy.
There is no mention of her family and if any survived, nor of the fate of her captors, although Daesh have been driven out of most of Iraq.
But despite the horrific ordeal Ekhlas was subjected to, she remains optimistic – as the interview draws to a close, the text on the screen reads: “She hopes to become a lawyer.”

UK’s Johnson to visit European capitals seeking Brexit breakthrough

Updated 18 August 2019

UK’s Johnson to visit European capitals seeking Brexit breakthrough

  • Johnson will travel for talks with German Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron
  • Johnson is expected to push for the EU to reopen negotiations over the terms of Brexit

LONDON: UK's Boris Johnson will visit European capitals this week on his first overseas trip as prime minister, as his government said Sunday it had ordered the scrapping of the decades-old law enforcing its EU membership.

Johnson will travel to Berlin on Wednesday for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and on to Paris Thursday for discussions with French President Emmanuel Macron, Downing Street confirmed on Sunday, amid growing fears of a no-deal Brexit in two and a half months.

The meetings, ahead of a two-day G7 summit starting Saturday in the southern French resort of Biarritz, are his first diplomatic forays abroad since replacing predecessor Theresa May last month.

Johnson is expected to push for the EU to reopen negotiations over the terms of Brexit or warn that it faces the prospect of Britain's disorderly departure on October 31 -- the date it is due to leave.

European leaders have repeatedly rejected reopening an accord agreed by May last year but then rejected by British lawmakers on three occasions, despite Johnson's threats that the country will leave then without an agreement.

In an apparent show of intent, London announced Sunday that it had ordered the repeal of the European Communities Act, which took Britain into the forerunner to the EU 46 years ago and gives Brussels law supremacy.

The order, signed by Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay on Friday, is set to take effect on October 31.

"This is a landmark moment in taking back control of our laws from Brussels," Barclay said in a statement.

"This is a clear signal to the people of this country that there is no turning back -- we are leaving the EU as promised on October 31, whatever the circumstances -- delivering on the instructions given to us in 2016."

The moves come as Johnson faces increasing pressure to immediately recall MPs from their summer holidays so that parliament can debate Brexit.

More than 100 lawmakers, who are not due to return until September 3, have demanded in a letter that he reconvene the 650-seat House of Commons and let them sit permanently until October 31.

"Our country is on the brink of an economic crisis, as we career towards a no-deal Brexit," said the letter, signed by MPs and opposition party leaders who want to halt a no-deal departure.

"We face a national emergency, and parliament must be recalled now."

Parliament is set to break up again shortly after it returns, with the main parties holding their annual conferences during the September break.

Main opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to call a vote of no confidence in Johnson's government after parliament returns.

He hopes to take over as a temporary prime minister, seek an extension to Britain's EU departure date to stop a no-deal Brexit, and then call a general election.

"What we need is a government that is prepared to negotiate with the European Union so we don't have a crash-out on the 31st," Corbyn said Saturday.

"This government clearly doesn't want to do that."

Britain could face food, fuel and medicine shortages and chaos at its ports in a no-deal Brexit, The Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing a leaked government planning document.

There would likely be some form of hard border imposed on the island of Ireland, the document implied.

Rather than worst-case scenarios, the leaked document, compiled this month by the Cabinet Office ministry, spells out the likely ramifications of a no-deal Brexit, the broadsheet claimed.

The document said logjams could affect fuel distribution, while up to 85 percent of trucks using the main ports to continental Europe might not be ready for French customs.

The availability of fresh food would be diminished and prices would go up, the newspaper said.