Zaiton Tells Her Tragic Story After Fleeing from ISIS
Controlling Shingal by the IS forced people, especially Yazidi, to flee in thousands. Among the victims were a large number of women and girls. Some of whom were captured by the terrorists; Zaiton Khalil Ceto tells her tragic story and the way she was arrested, tortured and finally fled. Zaiton who was born in 1991 in Til Izer said ‘’ We were on the edge of our village in my uncle’s farm (12 families) on the 3rd of August at 8:30 when ISIS came and attacked us. There were seven men in their cars. Our men raised white flags and the terrorists said 'you don’t have to worry because we will not harm you; men have to give us their weapons and cell phones and women have to hand us their gold and money,' after doing this they demanded us to be separated; old women would be in a room and the youngsters and girls should be in another room." Ceto added "they took men to another room and they started shooting them. We could hear their screaming."
"After killing our men, they took us to Baaj sub-district by busses and at 12 pm they took us to Musol city and we were about 100 individuals. Then they put us in a big wedding hall in the woods and after that took us to a dark place where we couldn’t see sunlight. We were starving and the doors were closed. They came and demanded us to convert to Islam. The IS men had mixed gasoline with water because when we took shower we became dirtier and became allergic." Ceto said that they stayed there for eleven days and then they separated women from girls but she stayed with her brother’s wife since she was pregnant. Every day they came and took girls by force. Ceto added that they were 700 girls and when one of their high ranking men came (Ameer) they took two girls and the way of taking them was by flagellating and hitting them by guns since they refused to go with them.
Only 15 girls remained there. Then they took me back with other 20 handicapped girls and women to Baaj sub-distric in which I stayed for 8 days. There in Baaj one of the girls committed suicide because she couldn’t stand anymore. All the time we were crying and screaming, no food or electricity. We were then moved to Tell Banat, one of Yazidi complexes in south Shingal; a man came and said that they are taking me with other 3 girls to the Mount Shingal so that we could rejoin those who fled, but unfortunately they deceived us and sold two of my friends, and brought me back to the complex. That night I could make my way to the Shingal Mount and was saved by people who are fighting in the mountain.