A 21-year-old French-Israeli woman abducted by the terror group Hamas said during dramatic testimony that the “only reason” she says is that the person who watched over her during her captivity did not rape her.
Mia Schem was on her way to a music festival in southern Israel when Hamas militants attacked the venue on October 7. More than 300 people died and dozens were taken hostage. He was released only on November 30 during a week-long ceasefire.
In an interview broadcast on Israeli television Channel 13, Schem said he was captured after getting out of his friend's burning car. He said that he was his captor He started touching her upper body. He stopped only when she screamed and realized that she had been shot in the arm and was seriously injured.
“I started screaming and going crazy“, said. “There were burned vehicles, bodies.”
During her captivity, she was kept in a house with a family and watched 24 hours a day by her father, she said. She explained that the man's constant stares made her feel uncomfortable and afraid that he would try to hurt her.
“His wife was out of the room with the children,” said the young woman: “That's it The only reason he didn't rape me”.
He also said that the man's wife did not like him and sometimes refused to feed him for days in a row.
The shocking account of the scam adds to the claims of Israeli officials, who say sexual violence is part of Hamas's infiltration of southern Israel and blame the international community. Underestimating or ignoring the pain of victims.
Schem gained international media notoriety when Hamas released a video days after he was taken hostage. In the video, she appears to be lying on a bed, someone bandages her right arm and wants her to go home. At the time, it was the first sign of hostage life.
Scam added She rarely slept while she was detained Because she was scared, and she didn't bathe or take medicine. She said her captor's children occasionally came to visit her “like a zoo animal”.
She spent the last days of her captivity in a tunnel where she was held with other hostages. At the time, he said he knew he would be released soon.
She explained that she was kept in a small room with six or seven other people and that she only got one piece of Arabic bread a day. say what He felt guilty about the other hostages He left that.
The young woman, who broke down in tears during the interview, said she is still finding it difficult to integrate her return as she processes the horrific experience she went through. “Can't get it out of my head“, said.
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