While it’s been revealed by a recent report that a young Yazidi woman was held captive and cruelly abused by Islamic State (ISIS) members in the heart of Turkish capital Ankara for several years, a deputy for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) demanded in the Turkish parliament answers from Turkish authorities.
Meral Danış Beştaş, MP and parliamentary spokesperson for the pro-Kurdish opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), said on Thursday:
“It’s been revealed that a Yazidi girl, 23 years old, was kept captive in Ankara’s Kazan district for years after her abduction by ISIS members. Her family was contacted and asked for a ransom of 8,000 dollars, and she was finally released. She has a serious medical condition, and is on serum support. Her sister was similarly abducted by ISIS members and she’s currently undergoing treatment as well.”
“I have a single question: Why are these houses in Ankara not located by authorities? How are ISIS members able to move so freely in Ankara, even as they hold Yazidi girls captive, use them as slaves, abuse them sexually, sell them as slaves? We demand that the ministry of the interior and the Ankara governorship immediately respond and provide us with explanations.”
Rojda, a Yazidi woman and a captive of ISIS since 2014, was recently freed in return for the ransom paid by her family. She’s currently known to have joined her sister, also a recently released ISIS captive, in a European country, where she’s been taken under medical treatment.