#AceNewsServices – NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – When Adeba Shaker arrived at a house in Raabia, Iraq, after being kidnapped by Islamic State militants last month, one of her captors received a phone call.
A few moments later all five men in the apartment picked up their guns and stormed out.
Shaker, a 14-year-old girl from the Yazidi ethnic minority, heard trucks leaving the property and then silence. For the first time in 20 days she and another girl being held with her were alone with no guards, and the door was unlocked.
Islamic State militants had trafficked Shaker from her village in the north-east Iraq region of Sinjar to the Syrian border and presented her as a "gift" to fighters on the front line. She was to be converted to Islam and forcibly married to one of them.
"When [the militants] left us I panicked, I did not know what to do. I saw a bag full of cell phones and I called my brother," Shaker told Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone from a camp for internally displaced people in Iraq.
On the phone, her brother Samir told her to go to a nearby house and ask for help and directions to reach the border where fighters from the Kurdistan State Workers Party (PKK) were battling Islamic State militants.
He said the PKK would help her reach safety.
"This was a gamble as I didn’t know who was a friend and who was an enemy," she said.
Shaker and her companion decided to try their luck. They snuck out of the house and knocked on a neighbor’s door.
"We explained the situation to them and they showed us the way to the border."
"WE NEVER LOOKED BACK"
The two girls set off toward the front lines.
"I couldn’t walk straight, my legs were shaking and my heart was beating so fast. We ran and walked and we never looked back," Shaker said.
After two hours on the road they heard gunfire. As they got closer, they saw a group of PKK fighters and started running towards them.
"I was crying and laughing at the same time," she said. “We were free.”
Adeba Shaker is one of the few Yazidis to have escaped the Islamic State militants who have taken over large swathes of Iraq and Syria in recent months.
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