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RAPE AS A WEAPON OF WAR - QUIET, CHEAP, AND SCARILY EFFICIENT
Kristine Grønhaug, 10 December 2019

A few months after Sinjar was retaken from IS group, the Kurdish photojournalist Seivan Salim met several young Yazidi girls in a refugee camp. The girls had fled from IS captivity and told stories of rape, violence and slavery. 

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OVER MY EYES: STORIES OF IRAQ
RYAN BEITLER, 20 FEBRUARY 2019

Beyond a digital map of displacement that describes the battles of Fallujah then Mosul, the veiled portraits of Yazidi women are entrancing. They demand your attention. In front of the series, Escaped by Seivan M. Salim, museum spectators read stories of women who were raped, kidnapped, tortured, and sold as slaves. It is the most powerful piece both emotionally and aesthetically. 

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PICTURE PURR-FECT: RARE GLIMPS INTO FLUFFY FRIENDSHIPS IN NORTH IRAQ
Vanessa Powell, 08 October 2018

Iraqi Kurdistan is a region with a long history of war and conflict. In such a context animal rights are often neglected or forgotten. 
In such an environment it may seem unusual that there is a growing community of people who are very concerned about the treatment of animals, but this is exactly what is happening in the capital city of Erbil.
One such woman showcasing the changing relationship is photographer Seivan Salim who is challenging people's perceptions in a new photography exhibition.

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THE WOMEN WHO ESCAPED SLAVERY AT THE HANDS OF ISIS
Coburn Dukehart, 02 AUGUST 2017

These women escaped the hands of ISIS. Now they tell their powerful stories to photographer Seivan Salim.
In mid-November Kurdish forces, backed by U.S. airs-trikes, managed to expel ISIS fighters from the Iraqi city of Sinjar. The militant group had overrun the town in August 2014—killing and enslaving vast numbers of the Yazidi religious minority in what came to be known as the Sinjar Massacre.

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THE YAZIDI WOMEN WHO ESCAPED ISIS
SEIVAN M. SALIM, 07 JUNE 2017

They are the survivors, these young women. Their fathers and brothers have been killed, and in many cases the older women in their families were taken away. The zealots of the so-called Islamic State do not recognize their Yazidi religion, and took the girls to be slaves. ...Think on that a moment: "slaves." 

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OF REFUGEES AND THE PHOTOGRAPH
Fred Ritchin, 17 MARCH 2016

Photographs of young Iraqi Yazidi women who were enslaved by ISIS and taken to Syria, published alongside lengthy texts that recount their stories, underline a particularly savage migration. The women are shown in white bridal dresses to restore a sense of purity, while their faces are intentionally obscured by veils. Seivan M. Salim, a female photographer made the images and conducted the painful interviews. 

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DRESSED IN TRADITIONAL WEDDING GOWNS, YEZIDI SEX SLAVES RELIVE THEIR TORTURE BY ISIS
Sara malm, 18 January 2016

More than 5,000 Yazidi women were captured and enslaved by ISIS forces when the militant Islamist terrorists attacked the city of Sinjar, northern Iraq in August 2014. The women, some just teenagers, were forced to watch ISIS militants murder their families before they were sold into sexual slavery. While many remain in the evil clutches of ISIS, some have managed to escape to relay horrific tales of abuse, rape, slavery and brutal torture. In some cases, the young women returned home carrying the unborn children of their captors. Seivan Salim, an Iraqi female photographer, tracked down some of the women who managed to escape. She has portrayed them wearing the traditional white Yazidi wedding dress – a symbol for purity. Each woman tells her story in her own words.

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SARA, 14, WEEPS FOR INNOCENCE STOLEN BY ISIS
HALA JABER, 26 April 2015

EVERY night Sarah wakes screaming in a cold sweat from a recurring nightmare in which her hands and legs are bound by an Isis rapist about to force himself on her.

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GUARDATECI ASCOLTATECI: NOI SIAMO STATE SCHIAVE DELL'ISIS
DE mGUIDO OLIMPIO, 30 November 2015

Dopo aver travolto il nemico, l'Isis si è comportato da conquistatore brutale: s'è impadronito di madri e figlie, trasformandole in schiave. Un destino feroce soprattutto per i seguaci della religione yazidi, comunità di etnia curda ma residente in Iraq indifesa davanti alle scorrerie dei mujaheddin islamici.

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SLAVES OF THE CALIPHATE
Marianne pearl, 15 December 2015

The kidnapping, rape and murder of the Yazidi women of Iraq drew the world's attention to the brutality of Isis. Marian Pearl is now working with the women as they tell their chilling stories. Some of those who managed to escape were photographed in traditional dress and interviewed by Seivan M Salim.

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PUBLICATIONS

 

UNFPA
2018

C
over Page: When Caged Birds Sing


New York Times International Law review
Winter 2018

Page 105: Beyond "Sex Slaves" and "Tiny Terrorists": Towards a More Nuanced Understanding of Human Trafficking Crimes Perpetrated by Da'esh


United Nations Annual Report
15 April 2017

Cover Page: Report of the Secretary-General on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence




Global Geneva
1 November 2016
Page 41: Escape from ISIS: Mobile phones and the Yazidi Women






Lutheran World Information
December 2015

Cover Page: LWF Christmas message 2015
Page 27: LWF supports winterization in Northern Iraq
Page 28: The Youngest Victims of Conflict

 



The-Report.net
19 September 2013

Cover Page: Kurdistan region: Relations
Page 2: Seizing the oportunity
Page 5: Forcing a closer relationship

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