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A nine-year-old girl who was taken as a sex slave by Isis was raped by 10 militants and is now pregnant, it has been reported.
According to an aid worker, the girl is a member of the Yazidi Christian minority religious group, which faces persecution across Isis-held territory.
She has been flown out of Iraq by a Kurdish aid agency, the Toronto Star reported, and is now being treated by a medical charity in Germany.
But Yousif Daoud, a Canada-based aid worker who has just returned from the region, told the Star the girl was “mentally and physically traumatised” after the abuse she had suffered, and there are fears she may yet not survive her ordeal.
“This girl is so young she could die if she delivers a baby,” he said. “Even a caesarian section is dangerous.”
When she was found the girl “was in very bad shape”, Daoud said. “She was sexually abused by no fewer than 10 men. Most of them were front-line fighters or suicide bombers who are given girls as a reward.”
Isis released 216 Yazidis on Wednesday after holding them captive for eight months, in a mass release that some see as a sign of the increasing pressures put on the militants by US-led air strikes and an Iraqi ground offensive.
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