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#Yezidi Survivor: IS killed her husband,3 sons & 21 relatives.
She is unwilling to forget names of 17 IS who enslaved her.
She ran with her child,but IS supporters returned her to IS.
IS gave her 150 lashes with a cable,gave her electric shocks, then they dragged her behind a car
She has written the names of 17 ISIS fighters who bought and sold her.
Abu Ibrahim Ansari (ph), Abu Omar (ph), Omar Amari Nezdi (ph), Abu Hamad al Ansari (ph)...
Sughaid al Libi (ph), Abu Bara al Saruti (ph), Abu Hata al Saruti (ph)...
She matter-of-factly reads names men were known by-for most, their first names & where they were from.
men who enslaved her were mostly Syrians,Libyans & Saudis.When 1 of her last remaining relatives raised money 2 buy her back a year-and-a-half ago,she dictated the names to him
She didn't want to forget. She's carried the list in her purse ever since.
This is Abu Obeida (ph).He would sell me to the others-some for a week,others for a week or a month. It would always be in the same house.
She's in a camp for Yazidis displaced.
when ISIS killed and captured more than 6,000 of them in 2014 - a campaign of genocide. Entire villages were destroyed. Layla is in her late 30s. She wears a black cloak. She's been biting her nails. She occasionally lights a cigarette - not common for women.
She says her brother-in-law suggested it after she was released.
LAYLA:He gives me cigarettes and coffee and Pepsi to forget because I'm always thinking and feeling sad.
Mostly, she thinks about what she'd lost -her husband and three sons, shot by ISIS and dumped in a mass grave when the group stormed into the Sinjar region of Iraq 5 years ago
She shows the journalist a photo of her brother's wedding before Sinjar fell. Now everyone in the wedding party is dead - her parents, her brothers and sisters, uncles, cousins - 21 relatives gone. To remember her own family, she has this photo.
In photo There's a blue sky with clouds & a rainbow, and her husband is superimposed on the photo along with her four children.
Only one of them is still alive. Her husband, who was a schoolteacher, along with all but their youngest child, were shot in the massacre five years ago
She and her son, who was 8, were taken captive. She introduces herself as Layla. It's not her usual name because she's afraid the ISIS fighters who held her, the ones who weren't killed in battle,will come after her. She will never feel safe again.
After she and her son were captured,she was repeatedly raped. When she wasn't cooking and cleaning, she was locked in a small dark room with no lights, no fan in the summer or heat in the winter. She wore the same dress for three years. She did what they wanted to protect her son
He was a little boy, and they were making him carry huge barrels and other heavy things. Also, he had to massage seven or eight men a day or wash them in the shower.

She tried to escape three times. The last time...
We knocked on the doors of about 10 houses of civilians. At the last one,I told them I have this phone number for my brother.Can you call him? He will come & get us. They said no,and they called ISIS to come & take us back.

And when she was returned to the fighters...
LAYLA: Until I die,I will never forget what ISIS did to me.
They blindfolded and handcuffed her and gave her 150 lashes with a cable.They gave her electric shocks,then they dragged her behind a car.Her front teeth were knocked out.Her son ran away to another ISIS family.
Eventually, her brother-in-law heard through informants where she was and borrowed $12,000 to buy her back from ISIS. He says when she was released, she was so weak she could barely walk.

She made her list of names and filled it in with the places and dates where she was held.
There are thousands of suspected ISIS fighters. Some are sentenced to death in summary trials. There is hardly anyone gathering evidence from women like Layla. And even if they were, it could take years to build a case.
even though she's terrified, she's really brave.She'd heard that her son,now 13, was being held by an ISIS family in the al-Hol detention camp/Syria.
She made a video with her face uncovered to send to camp officials, naming IS family he was believed to be with & asking for help.
And then she crossed back into Syria,where she had been held captive,& went with a small group of women into the sprawling camp full of wives of ISIS fighters.

LAYLA: I wore the same clothing that ISIS women wear. I went everywhere - to the hospital,to the playground
I have no one else except God & this son,so I had 2 do everything I could 2 find him
She was forced 2 leave Syria before she could find him.But a few days later,he was rescued. When d journalist met her, it's d day before they were 2b reunited. But she says she cant feel anything
LAYLA:I am dead. I see students going to school; I remember my sons. I see teachers; I remember my husband. My son will be like all the other sons without mothers. After everything happened, I really want to die.
Outside her tent, there are children playing in the sunshine. Layla comes out to say goodbye, and then goes back in to her memories and to a list of names of people who will likely never see a courtroom.
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