Full story at Al Jazeera
Words by Jonathan Brown

In the weeks leading up to her escape from ISIL-controlled territory in Syria, Noora, a Yazidi from Sinjar, was held captive in a three room-house to the northeast of Raqqa. Her captor was a young Bosnian woman who had travelled from the Balkans to join ISIL.

"She was really beautiful," Noora said, "a white woman."

"She had long blond hair down to her lower back. I had never seen anyone like that," added Noora, who was 25 at the time.

Noora, who managed to escape with the aid of a smuggler and one of her brothers, told Al Jazeera how, during the eight months and 12 days she spent in captivity, she met fighters and their wives from Afghanistan, Britain, Germany and Bosnia, among other places. 

Noora said that unlike the fighters, who she says stripped her of her belongings, "rings and necklaces", transported her through territory newly captured by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL), and sold her into captivity, the Bosnian woman treated her captives "fairly".

"She gave us enough food. She was good to us," recalled Noora, from Dohuk in northern Iraq, one month after she escaped. 

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