They call themselves “Sun Ladies.” They are the Yazidi women who were once lost to ISIS fighters as sex slaves, and have escaped, returning to their people in northern Iraq and requesting to train as fighters to take on ISIS any time they might attack. From Fox News:
“Now we are defending ourselves from the evil; we are defending all the minorities in the region,” Capt. Khatoon Khider told FoxNews.com from the unit’s makeshift base in Duhok, Iraq. “We will do whatever is asked of us.”
Captain Khider is but a single solder in the group of women 123 strong standing side by side with the men of their base. 500 more women aged 17-37 have requested to join the fight, and are awaiting training.
“Whenever a war wages, our women end up as the victims.”
In August 2014, when ISIS overran the Yazidi stronghold in Northern Iraq and systematically began capturing women for sex slaves in addition to killing off the ones too old for the degradation, many threw their children off the mountain and then jumped themselves as it was a quicker way to die. These women know quite well what is ahead for them in the hands of the terror group.
Women taken as captives were ordered to convert to Islam, subjected to forced marriages and repeatedly raped. Several escaped after being sold off to low-level fighters, while others were ransomed back to their families.
Of those that were captured, at least 2,000, many have managed to escape, mostly returning to the Yazidi held territory. Capt. Khider asked the fighting forces at Peshmerga senior command about forming an all-female unit even though she had no knowledge of combat or weapons.
She hopes that in forming the force, the women will be able to protect themselves and inspire other minority groups to follow suit.
“Our elite force is a model for other women in the region,” she said. “We want to thank all the other countries who help us in this difficult time, we want everyone to take up weapons and know how to protect themselves from the evil.”
These women fought alongside the men of the Kurds on November 14 when Mount Sinjar was retaken. They know the fight to take Mosul will be long, and difficult, but they are determined as the ISIS sex slave market has claimed so many of their sisters, mothers, cousins and friends, that these women are honestly hopping mad.
“We have a lot of our women in Mosul being held as slaves,” Khider said. “Their families are waiting for them. We are waiting for them. The liberation might help bring them home.”
The women who have escaped from ISIS in Mosul also bring with them valuable intelligence as to the locations of the ISIS community there.
The term “Sun Ladies” is a reference to earth’s closest star, the one revered by the Yazidi people, and culture. The women doing the fighting are quite proud to be part of the effort.
“It’s important to us to be able to protect our dignity and honor,” a 19-year-old “Sun Lady” named Mesa told FoxNews.com. “My family is very proud; they encouraged me to join.
“I’m very proud to protect my people,” she said. “And after all that has happened to us Yazidis, we are no longer afraid.”