In this Aug. 22, 2018 photo, Ardawan, 4, eats melon on the kitchen floor of an orphanage for Yazidi children, in Sheikhan, Iraq. The child's father and four siblings have been missing since August 2014, when Islamic State militants took over northern and western Iraq; he lives at the orphanage with his mother and two remaining siblings. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)

Yazidi mothers of children by IS face heartbreaking choices

October 28, 2018 - 5:14 am

DAHUK, Iraq (AP) — The enslavement of Iraqi Yazidi women by the Islamic State group has left a heartbreaking legacy — hundreds of children fathered by militants.

While some of the women want nothing to do with babies born of rape and slavery, some want to keep them. But they face rejection by families traumatized by the militants, who killed hundreds of Yazidis and tried to wipe out the community.

A 26-year-old Yazidi woman is preparing to emigrate from Iraq to Australia with her family, but she knows they would never allow her to bring her 2-year-old daughter, who was placed in an orphanage after they were freed from captivity last year.

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