With recent Kurdish advances near Hasakah in northern Syria, the YPG has discovered what seems to be an extensive ISIS underground network of prison cells which are believed to have held Ezidi women who were captured by ISIS fighters near the Sinjar-area in northern Iraq. They were imprisoned in tiny confined rooms.
Small panels on the surface of the northern Syrian desert are the only hint of the horror that lies underneath. Brutal ISIS militants are thought to have kept these Ezidi women, some as young as 12-years old, locked in horrific conditions while keeping them close to the frontline as to have them at the jihadists’ disposal.
The women would have had barely any space to move and would have spent hours in complete darkness. Despite this, heartbreaking images show how the prisoners drew on the walls, keeping a diary of their horrifying time locked up. One childlike drawing appears to show a large house with a car and animals outside.
It is not known what happened to the women believed to have been kept in the brutal dungeon. Sadly, they are still believed to be in ISIS custody as they have likely been withdrawn to other Islamic State strongholds in Syria due to a large-scale Kurdish offensive in Hasakah governorate.