She stood defiant in the dock. Blood poured from her mouth and nose, while her body was covered with bruises – the result of another savage beating by her Islamic State captors, who used cables and weapons in addition to their fists and feet.
Once again Lamiya Haji Bashar had tried to escape her tormentors. And once again, the Yazidi teenager had been caught.
A judge in Mosul’s sharia court stared at her. After being told Lamiya kept trying to escape – this time she had been caught leading a breakout of several other girls seized by the terror group – he made his ruling, the Daily Mail reports.
“He said that either they must kill me or cut off my foot to stop me escaping,” Lamiya recalls.
So how did she respond to such a terrifying sentence?
“I told him that if you cut off one foot then I will escape with the other. I told the judge I would never give up. So they replied they would keep on torturing me if I tried to escape.”
She heard her father and brothers being shot, was enslaved by their cruel killers, and then beaten and raped for almost two years by a succession of older men.
During her time trapped in the IS heartland of Syria and northern Iraq, Lamiya saw children sold to old men as sex slaves, and she was forced to help make suicide bombs.
At one point Lamiya was thrown into a room to be gang-raped by 40 fanatics. Yet she never buckled. “These men were more than monsters,” she says. “That’s why I stayed strong, because I wanted to challenge the life they gave me.”