A Yazidi mother has told how ISIS took two of her daughters to be slaves, one just three-years-old.
Distraught Noora broke down in tears as revealed how she fought with an ISIS fighter to stop him taking her ‘beautiful, blonde’ toddler and her beloved oldest child, aged 13.
And the mother-of-nine recounted how she tried to conceal her daughters’ ages to prevent them from a life of slavery.
Heart-broken Noora told MailOnline: ‘ISIS took my baby daughter Basima. She was only three years old, but she has blonde hair, she is beautiful. I tried to stop him, I fought with him, but he hit me in the face with his gun, a Kalishnkov. There was nothing I could do.’
Noora and her children were among the thousands of Yazidis who sought sanctuary on Sinjar Mountain when ISIS stormed into their village in northern Iraq in August 2014.
But the desperate mother was forced back down to her village in search of water to sustain her infant children due to the heat of the Middle Eastern summer.
Sitting in a tent in the Sharya refugee camp in northern Iraq she wiped away tears as she told MailOnline of her heart-breaking battle to protect her young family while in ISIS captivity.
Recalling the terrible events of August 2014 in which thousands of Yazidi became trapped on Sinjar Mountain, she said: ‘When I heard gunfire I picked up the children and ran to the mountain. Everyone in the village ran to the mountain.
‘I was carrying the children so I could not carry anything else. I went with my family but I could not carry any food or water.
‘We spent the night in the open on the mountain side. There was nothing to eat and nothing to drink. The children were becoming weak.
‘I had to get them something to drink otherwise they would die.’
‘But ISIS came and took her. That was three or four months ago.’
Noora dressed her second daughter, aged ten, in a nappy and told her to act mentally disabled in a desperate bid to keep her out of the clutches ISIS men.
She said: ‘I cut her long hair. We pretended she was mentally disabled. I put a nappy on her and told her to act like a baby. She pretended to be mad.’
During their terrible months of captivity an appeal by a Yazidi woman for the world to help her people gave Noora and her family were given a glimmer of hope.
Yazidi MP Vian Dakhil had stood up in the Iraqi parliament and appealed to her countrymen to help the Yazidis as their terrible plight emerged. Her speech was so charged with pain and horror she collapsed before she could finish.
She said: ‘Brothers, I appeal to you in the name of all humanity. Save us! Save us!’
A video of her speech quickly spread on the internet and alerted the world to the Yadizi’s plight.
Noora said: ‘When we were in captivity I saw on the TV the Yazidi lady Vian Dakhil asking the world to help us Yazidis. ISIS did not like this and would not let us watch. But this gave us hope.’
She named her daughter Vian, after the courageous Yazidi MP.
After about a year in ISIS captivity in Tal Afar Noora was separated from her husband and taken to Raqqa where she was sold to a Syrian man.
She was forced to submit to him and became his sex slave.
However the mother persuaded the Syrian man to contact her family.
He finally agreed to release Noora and her young family for a $35,000 ransom.
Noora and are family are now being supported by the Sinjar Foundation that helps Yazidi victims of sexual violence and other kidnapped refugees.