14 year old Yazidi girl returns home with AK

© Zmnako Ismael / Metrographyall rights reserved.

© Zmnako Ismael / Metrographyall rights reserved.

Metrography, an Iraqi photo agency, have published this powerful photo of a Yazidi girl returning home from the Sinjar mountains with her mother and sister now that ISIS have been driven back. Click here to see the full size uncropped image. The caption reads …

Sinjar mountains, Iraq — Runak Bapir Gherib, 14 y.o. from Shengar makes her way down the mountain after 7 days. She is with her mother and sister (in the back) waiting for a car to drive them away. She took the gun from Shengar to protect her family. YPG also gave weapons to the people who wanted to fight, but it has been impossible to verify whether this weapon was given to her by YPG or family members.

Thanks to Jin for sending this in to us.



Steve Johnson

Founder and Dictator-In-Chief of TFB. A passionate gun owner, a shooting enthusiast and totally tacti-uncool. Favorite first date location: any gun range. Steve can be contacted here.


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  • Imagine if we had to “grow up” that fast…

    • Ironclad

      As an ugly American, it’s something that I couldn’t fathom doing to anyone’s kids, even to my own. But I can imagine that if I had to, they would be fully kitted up with the best tactical gear, body armor and firearms money could buy.

      Which, of course, is a luxury that this 14 teen year old doesn’t even get to have. 🙁

    • iksnilol

      Know a lot of people who had to grow up fast. For a good deal of people it doesn’t end well… Usually psychological problems. If there is one time you need good parents/role models it is in a situation like that. Problem is many people lose those role models during times like these, most often they are too occupied staying alive to bother raising them.

      I sorta did that too, though I wasn’t shot at or bombed.

    • Jeff Erickson

      Where I’m from, some did bro. My neighborhood was rough! I’m just really pissed that Malaki allowed them to storm in like Nazis. I’m glad that they’re fighting back and now are taking ground and ISIS is losing more than they’re taking.

      I’ve seen children of war while deployed to places they didn’t like us Paratroopers so much. Knowing that their childhood is stolen from them and they can’t live like a normal kid made me very angry.

      I hated being told, “Sergeant, there’s nothing we can do about it.”

    • Zebra Dun

      I joined the Marines on my seventeenth birthday.
      I may not have grown up, but I got the idea what being grown up meant.

  • Zugunder

    Kalashnikov… Perfect choice for poor and weak of this world…

    • Sam Schifo

      Perfect choice for anyone really.

      • big daddy

        I love my AK!!!

    • Except on full auto. I am a 6’4″ 185 pound man and full auto AKs batter the hell out of me.

      • Spidouz

        I confirmed!

        But still one of the best choice for the poor, weak and oppressed people.

      • Secundius

        @ Alex C.

        I’ll beat that, try 6’3-1/3″, 240-lbs and in a wheelchair. And then think of Newton’s Third Law of Motion, at the same time.

      • iksnilol

        Maybe you hold it wrong? Try tucking it into your elbow and point shoot.

        I am not accurate firing full auto but have no problems hitting a man size target at short distances like 30 m.

        And I am lightweight (75 kg) + tall.

    • Jack Flag

      Poor probably. But weak? I’d bet my life she’s stronger in will and in bravery than you or I.

    • iksnilol

      You say it like it is a bad thing.

      The poor and weak from my experiences are the richest and strongest I have known… At least mentally.

      • Zugunder

        Nah, you’re imagining things. Good weapon for all people with limited possibilities, who happens to be in need of protection. That’s all what i tried to say.

  • MIKE

    Bless her heart. If she was in America, she would just be starting her freshman year of high school this week….instead of protecting what’s left of her family from sexual slavery.

  • John

    She needs a hat, a couple more magazines and a sling around that water bottle.

  • Mystick

    Inspiring.

  • nadnerbus

    Hang tough, girl.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    It is incredibly sad that a 14-year old girl, who could so easily be your daughter or mine, would be compelled by the terrible circumstances of a war she definitely wants no part of and probably doesn’t understand, to have to do this. Having said that, I think she is only doing all she can, as best as she knows how, to protect herself and her family from the murderous depredations of ISIS and their kind.

    This sort of scenario should never have to happen to anyone, let alone someone so young, yet a close examination of human history and the human condition will reveal that it is, regrettably, nothing new. It has been repeated countless times in various forms since human beings first came to be, and doubtless it will continue to be so for a long time to come. In so many ways, that is the harsh and painful reality about our existence, and about ourselves.

    • iksnilol

      That’s a part of the human condition I guess. Only thing you can hope for is that you will be stronger (read: more dangerous/crazy) than your enemies.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        Good point. Unfortunately, that is often — though, thankfully, not always — the case. Where does it end?

    • Zebra Dun

      Her Father is MIA, he never made it on the chopper.

  • Mr.T

    PR story ,kind you get when President wants to use the military force in a conflict that was supposed to be finished.

  • Woodhouse

    That’s some mad max tier desolation.

  • hydepark

    I would like to see the liberals squirm their way around this photo. Assault rifles have no place in the hands of civilians, right? I doubt she would trade hers for a double-barrel. You go girl! Oh, and I hope she slaughters a thousand snackbars.

    • big daddy

      Great point of observation!!!

  • Cal S.

    You go, girl! Glad to see her stepping up like this, even though she is young. Stay strong!

  • Chris S

    Wow… words do not due this photo justice. Amazing young woman. Prayers for a safe return for her and her family.

  • USMC03Vet

    The real war on women.

    You’ll never see an image like that being used in western culture advocating for women though. That’s the problem with our cultural success and resulting 1st world problems. I’m glad this picture exists. It shows the reality we are often separated from and how feel good internet social justice campaigns mean nothing.

    • iksnilol

      Otto von Bismarck said something along the lines of:

      The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions but by iron and blood.

      • DiverEngrSL17K

        You, and von Bismarck, are — most unfortunately — mostly correct. To be sure, there have been great socio-economic, etc., questions that have been, thankfully, settled without excessive violence and by civilized understanding, but I think they are in a minority compared to the ones that have been satisfied only by war and conflict.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      My friend, that is about as well-said as it ever could be — thank you for sharing.

    • usmcmailman

      SEMPER-FI Marine !

      • USMC03Vet

        Semper Pie, Marine!

      • Zebra Dun

        Semper Fi always means different, in WW2 It meant Semper Fi Mac, I got mine.
        I use Semper Fidelis, it’s meaning is always the same.
        Rockets up.

  • ColaBox

    First off, that’s a very nice AK, nice clean wood furnishings. Which honestly makes me a bit suspicious of the photo. But the photo itself it powerful, that look of dread and exhaustion on her face, just wow. I hope the camera man at least gave them some chocolate bars.

  • Lance

    What every woman needs in a bad environment with Muslim nuts running around.

  • TiC

    Good for her. This won’t guarantee her safety, but at least now she’ll have a fighting chance. Best wishes to this young lady and her besieged people.

  • gbailey814

    My wife is Assyrian and from the Irbil area. She twice ran away from Saddam Hussein who was gassing them and the Kurds and became refugees in Turkey. It was under similar circumstances as this Yizidi girl that she too learned to handle an AK47. Thanks for posting this. I have never met a Yazidi but by wife knows several of them and apparently they are a very kind and gentle people.

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      I was deeply moved to read about your wife’s travails and, by extension, those of her family and community. One can only imagine, in one’s worst nightmares, the sort of fear and desperation that must have been an integral part of their daily lives during that terrible time. Yet, the fact that she — and, hopefully, her family and friends as well — persevered and survived in spite of all the odds stacked against them, speaks volumes to the quality of that survival as well as the price that had to be paid for it. I sincerely hope that all is now well, or at least better, with her and her family.

      My father’s and mother’s families lived through the Japanese conquest and subsequent occupation of Malaya and Singapore during the Second World War. That fact, in addition to my own former military career, gives me at least a reasonable idea of what it’s like to be caught up in this sort of experience, although I would never claim to really know 100% what it must have been like for anyone else because everyone’s life experiences and perspectives are different. It is a lot harder to walk a mile in another’s shoes than one would think.

      When we, as Westerners, or as Western-oriented thinkers, speak of empathy, we tend to say “I am FOR you” when we express support. I think the Spanish-based cultures go much more deeply into the underlying roots of this issue — they say, “I am WITH you”. Therein lies a small but significant difference.

  • valorius

    An ak on the back of a woman says “No.”

  • LetoII.

    Hey, muslim fuckers, this is not exactly the virgin you were expecting to meet. And you dont meet her after you die, but few moments before…

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      While I can understand your feelings about this ( it’s not too hard to be outraged by unjust and one-sided persecution ), let’s not forget that the majority of those who have been persecuted and murdered en masse in the most barbaric manner — there is no other word for it — by ISIS, have been ordinary Muslims who would not, or could not, subscribe to the sort of extremism ISIS stands for. Those victims have had very little say or publicity in this horrible situation due to a variety of factors such as Western political and media orientation ( guess what sells and what doesn’t in the headlines and behind closed doors for political ends? ), inaccessibility, and, perhaps, a regrettable general tendency towards ethnic discrimination.

      Extremism of any kind, whether perpetuated in the name of God ( the Balkan Wars of the 1990’s ), Allah ( the current situation in Iraq and Syria ), the Buddha ( look at what has happened in Western Burma ) or whatever ( it is easy to pull up any example from modern history ), is the true sin that uses other, more basic agendas as an excuse towards an end rooted in what Nietzsche rightly called “the will to power”. The conduct of ISIS, using the name of Allah in vain, is but one mere example of this travesty.

      • Zebra Dun

        What matters is….are they our extremist or enemy extremist.
        Whether they are dead or alive.
        Need a second make sure shot or are finally good Terrorist, good and phuken dead.
        I did not begin hatin’ Muslim terrorist/extremist, did not care about them or their bloody god.

        The Muslim/terrorist/extremist brought his desire for me to hate him, and disappoint him I did not, I hate them each and every one.
        “Lan Astelam”

  • Jeff S

    The picture in SOFREP’s story is much more telling… and quite sad: http://sofrep.com/36574/warning-order-iraqi-yezidi-protest-friday-un-nyc/

    • DiverEngrSL17K

      Yeah, I know…….once again, the true face of war.

  • TGM

    Without a firearm she would have little chance of fighting back. I am glad she is armed and I hope she never has to use that old rifle.

  • Fiveseven

    O Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will strengthen their heart, You will incline Your ear To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror.

    Psalms 10:17-18

    • Zebra Dun

      Psalm 144-1

      Better to terrorize your enemies and oppressor’s, drive them from your land or bury them in their own offal and blood.
      I would add The United States Marine Corps Creed “My Rifle” also.

    • Zebra Dun

      “Blessed be the Lord My strength,
      which teacheth my hands to war,
      and my fingers to fight.”

      Psalms 144-1 King James Bible.

  • usmcmailman

    May God Bless and protect this pretty young girl. She is very brave !

  • Zebra Dun

    Pay back comes in many forms, this gal is gonna shoot some ISIS nuts off and smile one day.
    Good to Go.

  • Cavscout

    Will be how things work in the US someday, probably. Once we’re as old as the cultures in SW Asia.

  • My daughter and my sons have been trained in all manner of armed, as well as empty-handed defense, since they were very young. This was in addition to all of the regular activities. My wife was trained at Gunsite Academy in Arizona. No liberal puke, or any Jihadi, is going to force us to……….

  • Robert Becerra

    There but for the grace of God go I and mine. She is in my prayers, as are all of the innocent families, of whatever race or creed, who are simply trying to live their lives and mind their own business, but are trapped in the middle of mayhem and madness that they never asked for.

  • JeffBridges

    surprisingly enough that part of the world have a long tradition of women fighting, the kurds have a strong female presence in their forces