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"THEY LOOKED LIKE MONSTERS" Ahmed's family tried to flee when the militants descended on their village, but IS fighters captured him, his 13-year-old brother Amin and four cousins.
The boys were taken to the IS-held town of Tal Afar, some 50 kilometres away, where they were kept in a boys' school along with dozens of other boys and teens.
"They chose and took the girls they liked," Ahmed recalled."I can't sleep properly because I see them in my dreams." The militants stormed into the Yazidi heartland in the summer of 2014, killing tens of thousands of people and kidnapping thousands of women and girls to be used as sex slaves.The Yazidi minority's ancient faith is considered heretical by the Islamic extremists. S.-backed Kurdish forces drove IS out of Sinjar in November 2015, but few Yazidis have returned, and an estimated 3,500 remain in IS captivity in Iraq and Syria, according to Human Rights Watch.Ahmed sees a counsellor, like many living in the camp, and fills his days now with school and running a small shop.Asked about his dreams for the future, Ahmed answers immediately.