Yazidi Women and their Rape-Born Children: Outcasts of their Community and Iraqi Law



  • Lana Majid Hayder
  • Asma Hakimah Ab. Halim
  • Noor Aziah Mohd Awal
  • Fatimah Yusro Hashim


Yazidi, Sex Slavery, Rape-Born Children, ISIS Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing, Women Child Rights.


The Islamic State "ISIS" committed heinous crimes against the Yazidi community. Kidnapped “women & girls”, and sex slaves for the fighters and raped them. Many of the kidnapped women returned home, suffering from psychological and physical illnesses. Others were pregnant or had given birth due to the rape. The Yazidi women forced to abandon their children due to the Yazidi community's rejection of them, and the legal obstacles that would face them. If the mother decides to keep the child, she will face a legal obstacle in registering the children and obtaining identification documents for them. The study collects and analyses data from various sources and conducts extensive research. The article aims to shed light on a legal gap that causes the separation between a mother and her child., and proposes amending the law in proportion to the rights of the child and allowing them to register in the name and religion of the mother, to foster a culture in which human rights can take root in society.