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"A rare and riveting first-hand account of the terror and torture inflicted by ISIS on young Iraqi Yazidi women, and an inspiring personal story of bravery and resilience in the face of unspeakable horrors. In the early summer of 2014, Farida Khalaf was a typical Yazidi teenager living with her parents and three brothers in her village in the mountains of Northern Iraq. In "A rare and riveting first-hand account of the terror and torture inflicted by ISIS on young Iraqi Yazidi women, and an inspiring personal story of bravery and resilience in the face of unspeakable horrors. In the early summer of 2014, Farida Khalaf was a typical Yazidi teenager living with her parents and three brothers in her village in the mountains of Northern Iraq. In one horrific day, she lost everything: ISIS invaded her village, destroyed her family, and sold her into sexual slavery. The Girl Who Escaped ISIS is her incredible account of captivity and describes how she defied the odds and escaped a life of torture, in order to share her story with the world. Devastating and inspiring, this is an astonishing, intimate account of courage and hope in the face of appalling violence"--


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"A rare and riveting first-hand account of the terror and torture inflicted by ISIS on young Iraqi Yazidi women, and an inspiring personal story of bravery and resilience in the face of unspeakable horrors. In the early summer of 2014, Farida Khalaf was a typical Yazidi teenager living with her parents and three brothers in her village in the mountains of Northern Iraq. In "A rare and riveting first-hand account of the terror and torture inflicted by ISIS on young Iraqi Yazidi women, and an inspiring personal story of bravery and resilience in the face of unspeakable horrors. In the early summer of 2014, Farida Khalaf was a typical Yazidi teenager living with her parents and three brothers in her village in the mountains of Northern Iraq. In one horrific day, she lost everything: ISIS invaded her village, destroyed her family, and sold her into sexual slavery. The Girl Who Escaped ISIS is her incredible account of captivity and describes how she defied the odds and escaped a life of torture, in order to share her story with the world. Devastating and inspiring, this is an astonishing, intimate account of courage and hope in the face of appalling violence"--

30 review for The Girl Who Escaped ISIS: This Is My Story

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ina Cawl

    Small cruel note Sometimes I wonder why only western people are interested in knowing or understanding other people more than non westerns try to understand their western counterparts. Another thing that irritates me is why most publishers are interested only knowing and writing about victims of Islamic extremism From Malala to Yazidi victims?why is it most of the books paints a negative light of Muslims as Brutish and barbarian and the West as enlightened and less cruel than muslims?why we only h Small cruel note Sometimes I wonder why only western people are interested in knowing or understanding other people more than non westerns try to understand their western counterparts. Another thing that irritates me is why most publishers are interested only knowing and writing about victims of Islamic extremism From Malala to Yazidi victims?why is it most of the books paints a negative light of Muslims as Brutish and barbarian and the West as enlightened and less cruel than muslims?why we only hear about Malala but not the stories of muslim victims of which reach thousands who were bombed in Mosul and Falluja or Ramadi? This Is the question which irritated me while reading this book.why in Western countries do they not publish nit the stories of modern western interventions?why is the story of survivors of Isis cruelty deserves more of human sympathy than the story of man who lost 30 of his family thanks to American f16? This is sad story in which Small town in northern Iraq were overran by Isis in 2014 and after overrunning them the militants killed most of the men and enslaved the women and the children in the name of the faith,I wonder how they justify their cruelty by using old religious texts. In one of the victims of this genocide called Farida and she was typical high school teen and with great love for maths. After most of the women were kidnapped they were separated into two group one were sent to Raqqa in Syria and the other were sent to Mosul and Farida was in the group sent to Syria After that most women were sold like cows to Isis members who only wanted to sexually assault them. After many cruel turns of events she escaped from their captive in the middle of rainy and ran all way to Kurdish territory where she was received and helped to cross the border into Iraq. Even after surviving the stigma of rape or lost honour still haunts many of Yazid victims in a place where women virginity defines her respectability in the society

  2. 5 out of 5

    Esther Bradley-detally

    excellent and horrific, a must read. We are all one, and no one can exclude themselves from knowing of these conditions. What courage.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    In the summer of 2014, Farida Khalaf was looking forward to beginning her last year of high school. She was a gifted student who excelled in math and physics. One of her teachers had recommended that she receive a grant to further her education so she could become a teacher. Farida and her family lived in a small village in the Kurdish area of northern Iraq. The village was almost entirely populated by members of the Yazidi religion. They coexisted peacefully with their Muslim and Christian neig In the summer of 2014, Farida Khalaf was looking forward to beginning her last year of high school. She was a gifted student who excelled in math and physics. One of her teachers had recommended that she receive a grant to further her education so she could become a teacher. Farida and her family lived in a small village in the Kurdish area of northern Iraq. The village was almost entirely populated by members of the Yazidi religion. They coexisted peacefully with their Muslim and Christian neighbors. However, everything would change that summer when Farida’s village was overrun by the soldiers of ISIS. The young girls were taken as slaves for the ISIS troops. Farida’s story of her life in captivity is shocking. The brutality and horror that she endured would change her life forever. Farida’s poignant story is one of hope, faith, courage and resiliency in the face of unspeakable violence. It is hard to put down and sheds light on the dark face of ISIS.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Fatima H. Barazi

    A book that helped to shed some light for me on the horrifying events that are occurring in my home country Syria. After finishing this book, I felt as if a veil has been lifted up from my sight and I became full aware of the calamities that are happening in Riqqa, and other ISIS controlled regions. Living in Hama, a city that has so far survived the civil war with the minimum amount of deaths and vandalism never gave me a serious sense of endangerment or the feeling that our lives in the city lac A book that helped to shed some light for me on the horrifying events that are occurring in my home country Syria. After finishing this book, I felt as if a veil has been lifted up from my sight and I became full aware of the calamities that are happening in Riqqa, and other ISIS controlled regions. Living in Hama, a city that has so far survived the civil war with the minimum amount of deaths and vandalism never gave me a serious sense of endangerment or the feeling that our lives in the city lacked safety aside from hearing a few gunshots every day or two. But reading Farida's story made me feel two things: guilty, for every time I nagged about the electricity shutoffs, or not being able to reunite with my brothers and sister who lived abroad and considered these to be a major crisis. And angry, for Islam has been wrongly used as a justification for such heretic actions multiple times, when actually Islam does not permit the killing of innocent people "Whosever killed a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he killed all mankind" - Quran, surat Al-Maeda (112), or forcing people from other religions to convert to Islam "There is no compulsion in religion" - Quran, surat Al-Baqara (42), or any other actions that these fanatics committed under the name of Islam as has Farida pointed out in the book several times. Aside from the above, I enjoyed reading the story of this tough girl who tried to preserve both hope and dignity, and not allow her captors and extreme conditions to strip them away from her, and fought hard to not let herself fade away in the darkness that surrounded her and succeeded in doing so.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris Steeden

    Right from the prologue Farida educates the reader that her family were ‘Yazidis and not Muslims’. They lived ‘on the plain to the south of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq’. I remember watching the news and the reports coming back concerning the plight of the Yazidis. It sounded like genocide. The scene is one of a normal childhood with a loving family. Going to school, having friends round and observing religious rituals. Her father was a border guard. There is a 605km border with Syria. ‘Sunni te Right from the prologue Farida educates the reader that her family were ‘Yazidis and not Muslims’. They lived ‘on the plain to the south of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq’. I remember watching the news and the reports coming back concerning the plight of the Yazidis. It sounded like genocide. The scene is one of a normal childhood with a loving family. Going to school, having friends round and observing religious rituals. Her father was a border guard. There is a 605km border with Syria. ‘Sunni terrorist groups had conquered large swathes of northern Syria’. One of them was the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. ISIS. If you were not Sunni then you were at risk of being killed. The brutal leader at that time was Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The Americans killed him recently in Oct-2019. The period Farida is retelling is mid-2014. She retells the heightened concern as ISIS take Mosul. They are too close for comfort. That comfort is lost altogether once ISIS take the village she lives in with her parents and four brothers. The family is split up and Farida is put with a group of girls to be bought and sold. It is just incredible. I cannot imagine what it must have been like. Not just for Farida and her family but the whole Yazidi community. If you still have any doubts about ISIS being a death cult even after all those horrible videos of people being burnt alive in cages, beheaded or thrown off tall buildings for being gay then have a read of this. Farida says, ‘For them we were objects to be used for their pleasure, and which could be bought, sold or swapped as they liked.’ It will make you so angry reading this. It did me. Seething. How can humans be like this? Farida is very clear in her storytelling. It is just so awful to read what her state of mind was like at that time. I will not mention what she did / attempted in this review but suffice to say she was looking for a way out. Escape from ISIS or escape from the world. Today she still bears the physical scars. I am in no doubt that the mental scars will never go way. ‘I really believe that if he stood before me today I wouldn’t hesitate one second to kill him. It would only be fair and just in view of what he did to me.’ Her resolve in the time of her captivity was amazing. There was no attitude of just let them do to me what they will and pray for a good outcome. She was going to control the situation whatever that may entail.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bryony Nelson

    I don't even know what to say about this book. It is an absolutely amazing and tragic story of one girl and her fellow prisoners as well as their families, in their bid to escape from captivity from ISIS. It's utterly heartbreaking and it was a real struggle to read but it is definitely a book that should be read by everyone. The subject and the content is so important and sheds huge amounts of light on what really does go on in these war zones and behind the scenes of what we hear on the news cha I don't even know what to say about this book. It is an absolutely amazing and tragic story of one girl and her fellow prisoners as well as their families, in their bid to escape from captivity from ISIS. It's utterly heartbreaking and it was a real struggle to read but it is definitely a book that should be read by everyone. The subject and the content is so important and sheds huge amounts of light on what really does go on in these war zones and behind the scenes of what we hear on the news channels. I received a copy of this book via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lindsi

    This is a brutal and eye opening book about Iraq under the rule of ISIS and the terror inflicted upon the people that live there. It was incredibly hard to read at times, but it is important that our eyes are open to the utter cruelty and inhumanity that most people have suffered at the hands of this organisation. But I think it’s also important to read stories like Farida’s and hang onto the hope that there is a future and a way out for some. What’s difficult is when this future starts and how This is a brutal and eye opening book about Iraq under the rule of ISIS and the terror inflicted upon the people that live there. It was incredibly hard to read at times, but it is important that our eyes are open to the utter cruelty and inhumanity that most people have suffered at the hands of this organisation. But I think it’s also important to read stories like Farida’s and hang onto the hope that there is a future and a way out for some. What’s difficult is when this future starts and how much suffering is happening even right now. Highly recommend.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    I received an ARC of this book to read & review via Goodreads Giveaways. Farida is an 18-year-old girl living a normal life in a small village in Iraq when suddenly her life is changed forever. ISIS attack her village and she is separated from her parents and four brothers, and sold into a life of slavery where she is repeatedly raped and beaten. This book is the true story of Farida's struggle to escape her captors and get back to her family. Wow. This book shocked me in so many ways and was so e I received an ARC of this book to read & review via Goodreads Giveaways. Farida is an 18-year-old girl living a normal life in a small village in Iraq when suddenly her life is changed forever. ISIS attack her village and she is separated from her parents and four brothers, and sold into a life of slavery where she is repeatedly raped and beaten. This book is the true story of Farida's struggle to escape her captors and get back to her family. Wow. This book shocked me in so many ways and was so emotional to read. It's just horrific to realise that this kind of thing is still happening in the world today. Farida is such a brave and inspirational woman and I applaud her for sharing her story with the world. Everybody should read this to gain a better understanding of what is happening in the middle-east while we are all living our comfortable western lives. Thank you for sharing your story Farida and I wish you happiness for you and your family in the future.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Babus Ahmed

    A horrifying retelling of Farida' story, a nineteen year old Yazidi girl from Iraq, whose family and life as she knew it was torn apart by ISIS. Her painful experiences and will to survive the torment her captors put her through are simply remarkable. Giving the reader a true inside view into what the extremism of ISIS means to the people whose homelands have been desecrated by these terrorists, The Girl Who Beat ISIS is a difficult and sinisterly reminiscent read of oppression and genocide. I am A horrifying retelling of Farida' story, a nineteen year old Yazidi girl from Iraq, whose family and life as she knew it was torn apart by ISIS. Her painful experiences and will to survive the torment her captors put her through are simply remarkable. Giving the reader a true inside view into what the extremism of ISIS means to the people whose homelands have been desecrated by these terrorists, The Girl Who Beat ISIS is a difficult and sinisterly reminiscent read of oppression and genocide. I am glad I picked up this book and was able to put myself in the position of the women in these war-torn areas and know of the real terror they experienced. When you hear emotive headlines in the tabloids about refugees and those fleeing ISIS, it is sobering to read a first-hand account of what these people are fleeing. A well-written emotional and factual account of atrocities that should not be happening in the twenty-first century.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Valentina Markasović

    I have nothing but words of praise and admiration.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joann

    This is a riveting firsthand account of life in captivity for a young Yazidi girl and a courageous flight to freedom. This astonishing memoir is also Farida’s way of bearing witness, and of ensuring that ISIS does not succeed in crushing her spirit. In the summer of 2014, Farida, along with her family is following the threat of ISIS in her small and peaceful village of Kocho, Iraq. In its opening chapters you have Farida enjoying her home and family and then in a few days time, Isis is able to t This is a riveting firsthand account of life in captivity for a young Yazidi girl and a courageous flight to freedom. This astonishing memoir is also Farida’s way of bearing witness, and of ensuring that ISIS does not succeed in crushing her spirit. In the summer of 2014, Farida, along with her family is following the threat of ISIS in her small and peaceful village of Kocho, Iraq. In its opening chapters you have Farida enjoying her home and family and then in a few days time, Isis is able to turn the village and its inhabitants on their knees. The women and girls and loaded into buses at gunpoint. Their destination is the human market of Raqqa, the new caliphate’s capital in northern Syria. There, they will be sold as sex slaves. What amazes both Farida and her readers are the glimpses of normality amid this horror. Their escape leaves them in equally uncertain territory – dependent on Kurdish people smugglers who rescue runaways from Isis for thousands of dollars a head. This is a compelling testament to the suffering of ordinary people caught up in violence far beyond their control – and to the particularly terrible price it exacts from women.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    Farida's story is an excellent read. Everyone should read this, it describes well what's going on in the war zones and how courageous people are in resisting ISIS. I greatly admire all the Yazidi girls and women. Thank you Square Peg and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Farida's story is an excellent read. Everyone should read this, it describes well what's going on in the war zones and how courageous people are in resisting ISIS. I greatly admire all the Yazidi girls and women. Thank you Square Peg and Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ruthanne Johnston

    From the moment I knew this book existed, I wanted to read it. What a phenomenal story, starting when Farida was about 14 years old and living in a peaceful rural village in northern Iraq with her parents and siblings. Her father was a border guard and his duties were to prevent Syrians from entering Iraq. Eventually, it was ISIS who wanted to gain access and did, with little or no trouble at all. Farida was kidnapped by ISIS to be a slave, more than likely, a sex slave. For months she was held From the moment I knew this book existed, I wanted to read it. What a phenomenal story, starting when Farida was about 14 years old and living in a peaceful rural village in northern Iraq with her parents and siblings. Her father was a border guard and his duties were to prevent Syrians from entering Iraq. Eventually, it was ISIS who wanted to gain access and did, with little or no trouble at all. Farida was kidnapped by ISIS to be a slave, more than likely, a sex slave. For months she was held in isolation with other young girls, barely surviving on little to eat and fearing for what would happen next. No word of family, freezing or roasting in the confines of the prison in which they were housed. Eventually, the day came when the girls began being sold off, one by one or in groups. The girls left behind huddled together in terror. Every time the door to their cell opened, they never knew if they would be chosen or beaten. The beatings were horrendous. I don't want to provide any spoilers to this book but you will find yourself becoming more and more horrified at what these girls endured. If you want to know what it's like for these women/girls, read the book. It will show you the lengths that ISIS will go to in their inhumanity and that's something we all need to know.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leanne

    It is near-impossible to give a star-rating to a non-fiction book of this nature. The Girl Who Beat ISIS tells the heart-wrenching story of Farida Khalaf, a confident and intelligent schoolgirl and aspiring maths teacher. While enjoying her summer holidays, Farida’s village was attacked by ISIS. Her family were captured and separated, men and boys were killed, and women were kept as prisoners. Farida recalls the torture she endured: the beatings, the rapes, the markets where ISIS sold women like It is near-impossible to give a star-rating to a non-fiction book of this nature. The Girl Who Beat ISIS tells the heart-wrenching story of Farida Khalaf, a confident and intelligent schoolgirl and aspiring maths teacher. While enjoying her summer holidays, Farida’s village was attacked by ISIS. Her family were captured and separated, men and boys were killed, and women were kept as prisoners. Farida recalls the torture she endured: the beatings, the rapes, the markets where ISIS sold women like cattle. One of the things that struck me about this book was the way it was written. It almost read like a children’s book. For this reason, this book is accessible, clear, and easy to follow. I, shamefully, know very little about the conflicts of the Middle East when I began this book. However, Farida explains events in a far more understandable way than anything I have heard in mainstream news/media. This is a remarkable story of Farida’s strength, perseverance, and intelligence, and she is a young woman who we should all admire. However, I think it’s important to remember that while this is the story of how Farida beat ISIS, there are countless young women who continue to endure immense cruelty on a daily basis. My thoughts are with these young women.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Mcgee

    I downloaded this after seeing a review in the Guardian. I knew of the book but assumed it was a new take on misery lit and avoided it. I was wrong. It is gripping, educational, moving and inspiring but never gratuitous. The book is based on interviews with "Farida" and I liked the way that the author kept the voice of a young and even naive girl. As well as adding authenticity it also makes the story easy to follow. I also liked learning about the faith of the Yezidi women and was inspired to fi I downloaded this after seeing a review in the Guardian. I knew of the book but assumed it was a new take on misery lit and avoided it. I was wrong. It is gripping, educational, moving and inspiring but never gratuitous. The book is based on interviews with "Farida" and I liked the way that the author kept the voice of a young and even naive girl. As well as adding authenticity it also makes the story easy to follow. I also liked learning about the faith of the Yezidi women and was inspired to find out more. One of my books of the year.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jayne Downes

    A harrowing read to find out what happened to this girl and the others in her village when ISIS took it over. Farida showed great strength in the face of brutality, managing to escape and raise awareness of this evil organisation by telling her story.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Feyzan - The Raven Boy

    This seemed like a poorly written script for movie with tremendous amount of loop holes.

  18. 5 out of 5

    * * SuzAnNe * *

    This book reminded me a lot of a book I read before from Nadia Murad The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State Certainly no less impressively written. I read again in horror about the atrocities of IS against the Yazidis, a minority in Iraq. What I liked very much was that Farida Khalaf knows very well how to touch the division between the views of a group of people who have radicalized and hide behind Islam and the actual religion Islam. It makes me sad that thes This book reminded me a lot of a book I read before from Nadia Murad The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State Certainly no less impressively written. I read again in horror about the atrocities of IS against the Yazidis, a minority in Iraq. What I liked very much was that Farida Khalaf knows very well how to touch the division between the views of a group of people who have radicalized and hide behind Islam and the actual religion Islam. It makes me sad that these atrocities are still happening. I therefore think this is a subject for which attention should never be lost! Dit boek deed me erg denken aan een boek dat ik eerder gelezen heb: Ik zal de laatste zijn. Zeker niet minder indrukwekkend geschreven. Vol afschuw las ik opnieuw over de wandaden van IS tegenover de Yezidi's, een minderheid in Irak. Wat ik heel mooi vond was dat Farida Khalaf heel goed de scheiding weet te raken tussen de opvattingen van een groep mensen die zich geradicaliseerd hebben en zich verschuilt achter de islam en de daadwerkelijke religie Islam. Het maakt me verdrietig dat deze gruweldaden nog altijd plaatsvinden. Ik vind dit daarmee een onderwerp waarvoor de aandacht nooit mag verslappen!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nur Elvina

    A horrified journey of Faridah Khalaf whose life had changed in the blink of an eye when the ISIS invaded her hometown and her family members were separated. This 18 years old bright girl life slowly devastated as she was force to serve the regime mainly to fullfilled their filthy lust. Nevertheless, her friends and she never halt and always taking any chances to escape from their owners. After multiple attempts, finally they succeed to return back to their families. This tale was beautifully ret A horrified journey of Faridah Khalaf whose life had changed in the blink of an eye when the ISIS invaded her hometown and her family members were separated. This 18 years old bright girl life slowly devastated as she was force to serve the regime mainly to fullfilled their filthy lust. Nevertheless, her friends and she never halt and always taking any chances to escape from their owners. After multiple attempts, finally they succeed to return back to their families. This tale was beautifully retold and every events were clearly written. Thus, I able to imagined each of the scenes with ease which are heart wrenching and resentful. Somehow, the story is kind of simple and flat. But why bother? It's a retold right? It's doesn't really fictional.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kali Root

    Incredible true story about a young girl who is held captive by ISIS and has the courage to escape!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    The Girl Who Beat ISIS is an emotive, compelling and tragic read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jeannot

    What a story, heartbreaking to read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    This is an important book and is a book of our time that will be remembered after our time. Farida was a bright, 18-year old Yazidi high school student when ISIS terrorists entered her small town of Kocho one Summer day in 2014. The terrorists swiftly trucked away the men to execute them in a nearby field while they kidnapped the young women and girls - some as young as 8 or 9. Farida was one of many such girls taken to Raqqa, the sex-trade base of Islamic State territories. After being shuffled This is an important book and is a book of our time that will be remembered after our time. Farida was a bright, 18-year old Yazidi high school student when ISIS terrorists entered her small town of Kocho one Summer day in 2014. The terrorists swiftly trucked away the men to execute them in a nearby field while they kidnapped the young women and girls - some as young as 8 or 9. Farida was one of many such girls taken to Raqqa, the sex-trade base of Islamic State territories. After being shuffled around from one place to another (and one terrorist to another), Farida finally led an escape, with several other Yazidi girls, out of ISIS-controlled territory. This book, which is completely true and not fictional (except for the names), is Farida's harrowing tale she told to German journalist Andrea C. Hoffmann after she had finally escaped the terrorists' clutches. It is filled with many a story of abuse, atrocity, and rape - but it is a story that simply must be passed on like this. Farida's account of her physical and mental suffering raises many questions: How many other girls in Iraq and other places are currently suffering as sex slaves? What can those of us who live on the other side of the world do about it? How important is religion in empowering people like Farida to endure such trauma? At multiple points in the book Farida tells the reader of Yazidi girls who pretended to convert to Islam in order to protect themselves. I was reminded of Shusaku Endo's masterwork "Silence" and its portrayal of Catholic missionaries who verbally rejected Christ and condemned the Faith in order to allay the suffering of captured Japanese Christians. In "The Girl Who Escaped ISIS" there is a similar moral problem presented that each reader would do well to contemplate; how much can I violate my own beliefs in order to save myself? In order to save others? Also similar to "Silence" is Farida's insistent and innocent questioning of the evil all around her; how can a man who claims to believe in God rape a little girl? How can a Muslim who knows his holy book reject passages he disagrees with so that his conscience is excused while he engages in heinous atrocities? This is a book all 21st century women and men would do well to read and contemplate.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marco G

    I really wanted to think hard about what I wrote in this review, as my mind is so full of thoughts and I do not know where to begin. This is an incredible book. One that many people should read, especially in the political climate here in the United States, where the Leader of the Governing political party has decided to vilify those that are fleeing for their lives and trying to save their families. This is a story of how ISIS butchered men in a village, took the women and sought to make them s I really wanted to think hard about what I wrote in this review, as my mind is so full of thoughts and I do not know where to begin. This is an incredible book. One that many people should read, especially in the political climate here in the United States, where the Leader of the Governing political party has decided to vilify those that are fleeing for their lives and trying to save their families. This is a story of how ISIS butchered men in a village, took the women and sought to make them sex slaves, with many of the girls as young as 10 years old. The little boys were taken away to be indoctrinated as ISIS soldiers. The men and teenagers were lined up along a lake and shot. We meet Farida, who is taken and bought and sold as a sex slave. ISIS does not believe these subhumans like Farida's people have any rights and can be done with in any way they see fit. She experiences truly horrifying things by these butchers, and I came away rooting for her, hating ISIS, and crying over the cruelty ISIS has inflicted on her people. It is an understatement to say that this was a difficult book to read. It made me cry several times. But it is an important book to read so that we may bear witness to the horror these refugees face. Perhaps in learning about Farida and the other women swept up in the sex-trade by these monsters, we will become more compassionate for those seeking safety for their families. The book itself is not very long, but it took me a while to get through due to the nature of the story. There are some truly horrifying events as retold by Farida (I think she could have been more detailed in the re-telling but spared the reader the more graphic details thankfully). I am glad I read it, and learned about this remarkable girl and the lives of the others affected.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steve Cran

    Life in the Yazidi village of Koch’s was close to idyllic. Surrounded by a loving family , Farida led an ideal life. During the day she helped out with the chores and played with her friend. Her father who was in the Iraqi military taught her how to shoot a weapon. In autumn they would visit the village of sin jar and go to Lalish for spiritual pilgrimage. Farida was a math expert and the top of her class. All that would change in the most drastic of ways. What started out as a Jihadist rebellion Life in the Yazidi village of Koch’s was close to idyllic. Surrounded by a loving family , Farida led an ideal life. During the day she helped out with the chores and played with her friend. Her father who was in the Iraqi military taught her how to shoot a weapon. In autumn they would visit the village of sin jar and go to Lalish for spiritual pilgrimage. Farida was a math expert and the top of her class. All that would change in the most drastic of ways. What started out as a Jihadist rebellion in Syria soon spread to Iraq. It was amazing how easy it was for ISIS to come into Iraq and take over entire cities without the Iraqi army doing anything. Soon city after after city fell and her village Koch’s was overrun by ISIS fighters with black flags perched on every roof. Life changed drastically. In a scene that could could have come out of the Armenian Genocide, ISIS fighters walked into the village along with Muslims from neighboring villages and at first told people to hand over their valuables and then later their guns. The ultimatum came when Daesh told them to accept Islam. Most refused. The men were carted away and shot somewhere outside of the village. The young girls were then hauled off to different slave markets. Farida was sent first to Raqqa and then to an oilfield south of Der Azore. Farida and the other girls were continually abused and assaulted in the worst possible ways. After numerous escape attempts and attempts at suicide she finally was able to break free. Breaking thro0ugh an unlocked backdoor and armed with a cell phone, Farida contacts a relative in Germany with a stolen cell phone and a smuggler gets hear over the border to Iraq. She end up going to GErmany and becoming a Math teacher. These monsters in ISIS are not real Muslims and they have no knowledge of Islam. Even the Yezidi captive knew more about Islam than they did. ISIS fought against other Jihadis from/other organization. They persecuted other Muslims who were not religious , Shia and Christians. There is a difference between Jihadi and Muslim. Fanatics are a threat to humanity regardless of their color or religion.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    Although that cover is misleading due to the fact that Farida is not Muslim (she is Yazidi), this horrific account of an ISIS survivor really touch my heart. Although she was raped and almost beaten to death, this strong, courageous girl successfully escaped the horrific ISIS camp with a few other girls. I found it sad however that the way the other Yazidis in the refugee camp treated these girls for 'losing their honour' and deemed not being 'marriage material'. It is not their fault and such a Although that cover is misleading due to the fact that Farida is not Muslim (she is Yazidi), this horrific account of an ISIS survivor really touch my heart. Although she was raped and almost beaten to death, this strong, courageous girl successfully escaped the horrific ISIS camp with a few other girls. I found it sad however that the way the other Yazidis in the refugee camp treated these girls for 'losing their honour' and deemed not being 'marriage material'. It is not their fault and such accusations and outdated stereotypes only add misery to these already traumatised girls. I wish the girls will have a brighter future in Germany and that Farida's dream to be a Math teacher finally came true.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Biography of a Yazidi woman who was captured by ISIS from the town of Kocho, held as a sex slave, and who escaped, just as Nadia Murad, The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State was. So brave of these women to tell their stories. Biography of a Yazidi woman who was captured by ISIS from the town of Kocho, held as a sex slave, and who escaped, just as Nadia Murad, The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State was. So brave of these women to tell their stories.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Melodie Pearse

    I am completely heartbroken by Farida’s story and I’m glad her voice has lived on to tell the narrative of so many brave lives who suffered this horrible, inhumane reality. Farida’s story is proof that hope can always be found.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vasuki

    It's always difficult reviewing autobiographies because I feel like I'm reviewing a person's life. This was such a harrowing read and I needed constant breaks to take in the content. I can't even begin to imagine how the author lived through this experience. It's always difficult reviewing autobiographies because I feel like I'm reviewing a person's life. This was such a harrowing read and I needed constant breaks to take in the content. I can't even begin to imagine how the author lived through this experience.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Altman

    Brutal story about a Yazidi girl who becomes a sex slave for ISIS troops, then escapes. Deserves a translator who is a better writer.

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