Yazidi Slaves


Can there be justice after genocide, sexual violence and slavery?


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Yazidi Slaves (Why Slavery? series)

Yazidi Slaves (Why Slavery? series)

In August 2014, an Islamic State massacre of unimaginable proportions took place during the rapid invasion of the Yazidi people in Northern Iraq. Young Yazidi women were separated from the old and taken to the Galaxy Cinema in Mosul. There they were paraded, selected, enslaved, tortured and systematically raped. Some were only 11 years old.

This film tells the story of Shirin and Lewiza, two Yazidi women captured by IS, who escape thanks to the intervention of Dr Jan Kizilhan, a world-acknowledged expert on trauma. In all, he brought one thousand women and girls – all victims of IS sexual violence – from the refugee camps in Iraq to Germany. We follow the Yazidi women’s journey to recovery.


The Why Slavery? series:

Maid in Hell

Selling Children

US Prison Slaves

Dollar Heroes

A Woman Captured

Director David Evans
Producer Nicolas Kent
Duration 59 min.
Year of Production 2018