Two women who live in Raqqa, the capital of ISIS, describe the torture they live with every moment of every day in a film first spotted on Swedish newspaper Expressen‘s site. They risked their lives because they want the world to know.
Women have been stripped of all rights and are only allowed to obey and bear children.
Strict Sharia laws prevents women from going out on their own. They must be accompanied by another woman or male guardian at all times. They’re not allowed to work or go to school.
They regularly execute and torture with bullets, desecrate the body, decapitate it, stick the head on a spike and put it on display in the roundabout. Or they will put the body in the street and force cars to run over it until there is nothing left. Only the clothes will be left.
“I want to live the way I want. I want to buy what I want. I want to go out alone, free and without having a guardian with me”, says one of the women, Om Mohammad.
“Oh Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, you instill fear into the enemy,” it says. Strict Sharia laws prevents women from going out on their own. They must be accompanied by another woman or male guardian at all times. They’re not allowed to work or go to school.
According to Expressen’s video, female police officers patrol the streets enforcing a strict dress code as laws dictate that women must hide all skin and cover up by wearing black veils, gloves, and abayas (a sort of long black cloak) at all times.
in January, a 21-year-old woman was reportedly executed for violating these rules, while other reports suggest militants use a metal tool called ‘the Biter’ to clip the flesh of women who disobey the rules.
Public floggings and executions are also a common occurrence. Women particularly live in fear of being stoned to death.
“They don’t say what the woman’s crime is. If they’re going to stone her to death, they ask people to come to the roundabout to witness the execution,” one of the women explains. “They let people come here and bring stones.”