ERBIL — The tragic story of a surviving Yazidi girl has been illustrated in a book written by the German writer Alexandra Cavelius and the Kurdish writer Jan Kizilhan.
Shirin, is an Yazidi survivor who was about to finish her high school when the Islamic State (IS) militants attacked her town.The militants abducted her along with the other Yazidi women and girls of the town. She was later sold as a sex slave repeatedly until she managed to escape the extremist group. Her ordeal is just as hard to imagine as the adventurous story of her escape.
Shirin is 19 years old today and currently living in Germany along with other traumatized Yazidis, receiving psychological treatment in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Alexandra Cavelius tells her story and her experiences as a slave during her captivity in the IS-held territories. The book makes her nightmares as vivid as their hopes.
"Whatever happens, I remain a daughter of light," Shirin said which is also the title of the book written in German language "Ich bleibe eine Tochter des Lichts”.
The book also illustrates the genocide of Yazidis in the town of Sinjar, which happened in August 2014 at the hands of the IS militants in which they killed thousands of Yazidis and abducted thousands more, including women, men and children who they later held as slaves.