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Politico fails to mention this is all according to Islamic law. The Islamic State invokes the Quran chapter and verse. Sex slaves are war booty. Following a victory, Muhammad would usually distribute the captives, both male and female, as slaves to his soldiers. And Muhammad is the “perfect example for Muslims.”

According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand” (Qur’an 4:3, 4:24, 33:50). The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war” (33:50). 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general. The Qur’an says that a man may have sex with his wives and with these slave girls: “The believers must (eventually) win through, those who humble themselves in their prayers; who avoid vain talk; who are active in deeds of charity; who abstain from sex, except with those joined to them in the marriage bond, or (the captives) whom their right hands possess, for (in their case) they are free from blame.” (Qur’an 23:1-6) (source: Robert Spencer)

FROM THE QURAN – 70:22-30

“Not so the worshippers, who are steadfast in prayer, who set aside a due portion of their wealth for the beggar and for the deprived, who truly believe in the Day of Reckoning and dread the punishment of their Lord (for none is secure from the punishment of their Lord); who restrain their carnal desire (save with their wives and their slave girls, for these are lawful to them: he that lusts after other than these is a transgressor…”

This verse shows that Muslim men were allowed to have sex with their wives (of course) and their slave girls.

FROM THE QURAN – 23:5,6

“…who restrain their carnal desires (except with their wives and slave girls, for these are lawful to them…

Again, Muslim men were allowed to have sexual relations with their wives and slave girls.

“German doctor who rescues ISIL’s sex slaves,”
Uliana Pavlova, Politico, 5/16/16 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):

Psychologist treats Yazidi women who have been taken hostage and abused in Syria and Iraq.

VILLINGEN-SCHWENNINGEN, Germany — Leyla was so scared after fleeing from the clutches of Islamic State that she set herself on fire.

Even though she had reached the relative safety of a refugee camp near Dohuk, in the far north of Iraq, the 16-year-old believed that the extremist who abused her for months had followed her. It was all too much and she doused herself with gasoline and lit a match — hoping that her injuries would be so severe that her tormentor wouldn’t want to touch her.

They were very severe. Two days later Leyla was airlifted to Germany for treatment for her burns and put under the care of psychologist Jan Ilhan Kizilhan.

He’s been counseling Yazidi women — a predominantly ethnically Kurdish group many of whom have been targeted and enslaved by ISIL — helping them rebuild their lives as part of a program funded by the state of Baden-Württemberg.

German doctor Jan Ilhan Kizilhan poses for a photograph on February 23, 2016, in Geneva. One eight-year-old was repeatedly sold and raped, while another girl set herself on fire to make herself less attractive to her jihadist captors. These are only two of the more than 1,400 horror stories heard by German doctor Jan Ilhan Kizilhan, who heads a project that has evacuated traumatised Yazidi women from northern Iraq to help heal their deep suffering. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

German psychologist Jan Ilhan Kizilhan | Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

In six months, Leyla has undergone 14 surgeries in a Stuttgart hospital, where Kizilhan often visits her to talk. “She used to be a beautiful girl,” Kizilhan told POLITICO. Now her face is so disfigured that it’s hard to look at her, he added.

“I ask her ‘what do you want?’ And she says ‘my only wish is to go one day through the streets, to sit in a café and drink a coffee without children seeing me and crying.’”

Around 1,800 women and girls are being held as slaves by ISIL, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.

Leyla’s story is one of more than 1,400 horror tales from Yazidi women that Kizilhan, a 49-year-old psychologist and expert on minorities in the Middle East, has heard since 2015, when he started bringing survivors of ISIL assaults to Germany.

The program was launched by Baden-Württemberg state premier Winfried Kretschmann in November 2014, just months after ISIL militants captured the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Syrian city of Raqqa, slaughtering and expelling tens of thousands of members of religious and ethnic minorities — Christians, Yazidis, Shiites and Turkmen — who had been living side-by-side for centuries.

Three young Yazidi women in the northern Iraqi town of Dohuk last year. | Safin Hamed/AFP via Getty Images

Three young Yazidi women in the northern Iraqi town of Dohuk last year | Safin Hamed/AFP via Getty Images

Around 1,800 women and girls are being held as slaves by ISIL, according to a report by Human Rights Watch based on figures from the Kurdish regional government (although the watchdog could not independently verify the numbers).

The United Nations has cited figures, based on Yazidi officials’ data, that as many as 3,500 members of the religious group were being held hostage by ISIL as of October 2015.

Choosing who gets to leave

It wasn’t hard to convince Kretschmann to help. Kurdish and Yazidi groups showed him photographs depicting the cruelty and brutality of ISIL and told him stories of the tragedy unfolding in their homeland.

“He was shocked by many pictures of beheaded Christians and Yazidis and other groups, and his reaction was ‘we have to do something,’” Kizilhan said.

The state government set up a program with €95 million of funding to bring Yazidi women and girls to Germany.

The last group arrived in January, bringing the number of Yazidis benefiting from the program to 1,100 — all selected by Kizilhan, a Turkish Kurd who moved to Germany with his family when he was six. He now splits his time between lecturing at Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University and working at a nearby clinic.

Iraqi officials inspect the remains of Yazidis killed by ISIL. Kurdish forces discovered a mass grave near the village of Sinuni last February. | Safin Hamed/AFP via Getty Images

Iraqi officials inspect the remains of Yazidis killed by ISIL. Kurdish forces discovered a mass grave near the village of Sinuni last February | Safin Hamed/AFP via Getty Images

Kizilhan has made many trips to refugee camps in northern Iraq, looking for the most vulnerable survivors, and often facing a difficult choice about who gets to go to Germany and who has to stay behind.Those who get picked now live in cities across Baden-Württemberg, with a few in two other states — Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein. Just over 20 are in Villingen-Schwenningen, on the edge of the Black Forest. They are helped by translators, social workers, Kurdish-speaking doctors and therapists to find their feet in an alien environment.

“They need some kind of orientation,” said Kizilhan. “They need to know where they are.”

Only then, according to Kizilhan, can the therapy start.

A Yazidi woman holds up a sign during a rally in Oldenburg, Germany in 2014. | Igno Wagner/AFP via Getty Images

A Yazidi woman holds up a sign during a rally in Oldenburg, Germany in 2014 | Igno Wagner/AFP via Getty Images

Some of the women he deals with have seen their husbands, brothers or fathers taken away or hacked to death in front of them. Some were snatched from their mothers and sold as sex slaves to ISIL militants in Mosul and Raqqa.

‘Why are people doing this?’

Kizilhan’s youngest patient is an eight-year-old girl. She’s been sold at least seven times on ISIL slave markets and repeatedly raped by her captors, he said.

“She always asks me ‘why are people doing this?’ To be honest, I don’t have an answer. As a scientist I can explain in an academic way, but how do you explain to an eight-year-old girl why a human being is so evil,” he said.

As a psychologist, specialized in treating victims of sexual violence in times of war, including in conflicts in Rwanda and Yugoslavia, he has learned to keep an emotional distance. But as a father of two, he admits that emotions sometimes get the better of him.

‘I hear a story and think it couldn’t be worse, and then 20 minutes later in comes another woman and tells her story’ — Jan Ilhan Kizilhan

“I cannot even imagine how it feels to be raped,” he said. “I cannot imagine how it feels to be eight years old and feel helpless. To be alone in a dark room and every evening the guy comes and rapes you. It is beyond my understanding,” Kizilhan said. “I hear a story and think it couldn’t be worse, and then 20 minutes later in comes another woman and tells her story.”

And that story is often worse, as happened with the case of a 26-year-old mother of three — two girls, aged two and five, and a six-year-old son — who was kidnapped by ISIL after her husband was killed.

They were taken to Raqqa, where they’ve been sold on several times. Her last captor repeatedly raped and beat her. She told Kizilhan that the man would get angry because he wanted her to read the Koran in Arabic, but she is a Kurdish speaker.

Vian Dakhil, left, a Yazidi member of the Iraqi Parliament and Jan Ilhan Kizilhan, the German psychologist treating ISIL victims, receive the 2016 Women's Rights Award from Anne Brasseur, right, former President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in February.

Vian Dakhil, left, a Yazidi member of the Iraqi Parliament and Jan Ilhan Kizilhan, the German psychologist treating ISIL victims, receive the 2016 Women’s Rights Award from Anne Brasseur, right, former president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in February

One day the militant took his frustration out on her two-year-old daughter, putting the child in a small box that he left out in the sizzling summer heat for seven days. The little girl was barely alive when he took her out. He then put her into ice-cold water. She died two days later — while her mother watched.

‘They will never forget’

In its latest report on Yazidis, Human Rights Watch said many of the abuses, including torture, sexual slavery and arbitrary detention, would be war crimes if committed in the context of an armed conflict, or crimes against humanity if they were part of systematic attacks on the civilian population.

For Kizilhan, the main objective is saving lives. He is already focusing on the next task, training Yazidi and Kurdish psychologists to treat rape victims. He also wants other EU countries to step up efforts to help these women.

“They will never forget how it is to be raped and how it is to have this pain and be ashamed,” he said.

“They want to [recover],” the doctor said. “When I talk to them they say, ‘after therapy, I will find a good guy and I will have a family,’” Kizilhan said. “We will support them through psychotherapy to learn that this is part of their life but it is not all their life.”

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