VILLINGEN-SCHWENNINGEN, Germany — Leyla was so scared after fleeing from the clutches of Islamic State that she set herself on fire.
Even though she had reached the relative safety of a refugee camp near Dohuk, in the far north of Iraq, the 16-year-old believed that the extremist who abused her for months had followed her. It was all too much and she doused herself with gasoline and lit a match — hoping that her injuries would be so severe that her tormentor wouldn’t want to touch her.
They were very severe. Two days later Leyla was airlifted to Germany for treatment for her burns and put under the care of psychologist Jan Ilhan Kizilhan.