This article describes the horrifying ordeal of a Yazidi woman, Bahar Elias, who, along with her children, was enslaved by the Islamic State (IS).



  1. Thousands of Yazidi women and children were enslaved by IS in Iraq and Syria in 2014, with rescue efforts still ongoing.
  2. Bahar Elias, a victim, was sold multiple times and had to serve IS fighters, facing physical and emotional abuse.
  3. Yazidis were considered "infidels" by IS; Bahar's husband and eldest son were presumed executed.
  4. Bahar and her children were rescued through an organized network led by a man called Abu Shuja.
  5. The rescue operation involved complex strategies, including code words and local smugglers.