‘Marry me or be my slave’: Islamic State emir’s ultimatum to a young Syrian widow

For Shokrana Khalil Alawi, saying “no” to a suitor’s marriage proposal was the single most dangerous thing she had done throughout the Syrian civil war.

For four years, following the death of her husband, she had survived alone with her seven-year-old son, Mustafa, in war-riven Deir Ezzor – but faced with the demand from a leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), she knew she had no choice but to escape.

  • just a thought

    Marriage, or slavery – in Islam is there any real difference? …about anything important, that is.

    • Alain

      No difference: same thing, different name.

  • Dana Garcia

    Does that head thingy inflate in case of accident?

  • I find the Emir’s taste in women strange.

  • Gary

    But it has Nothing to do with islam which may bring her comfort .

  • cmh


    • Is 37 your idea of an old crone?

      • Alain

        I think it all depends, because I remember a time when I thought anyone around 25 was old.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          She’s irrestible in that marshmallow hat.