Covered in dirt and blood, Emad was brought to our mobile hospital back in July, he'd suffered a gunshot to the arm, shrapnel wounds to the right side of his stomach and was dehydrated and malnourished. He was rescued by the 9th division Iraqi army, hiding in some rubble, after an airstrike demolished the house were he was. After his wounds were checked and repacked, one of the nurses from the Iraqi Army, picked up the frail boy and brought him outside the trauma center. The nurse placed him on the pavement and proceded to wash the boy, afterwards giving him a haircut. Then thru our interrpertur, Emad spoke about being held hostage by ISIS for three years. In the summer of 2014, Emad and his family were separated and captured by Islamic State militants. As the family were moved from place to place, Emad, his father and a young brother became separated from his mother and four other siblings. In the following weeks and months, ISIS launched an offensive in northern Iraq, displacing tens of thousands of Yazidis, an ethnic-religious group indigenous to the region. The Yazidis are regarded as infidels by IS and other Islamic extremist groups. Thousands of women have been sold into sex slavery and many families separated. This included the enslavement and rape of girls as young as six and the kidnapping of boys as young as eight, who were then forced to become frontline fighters for Islamic State. The UN estimates 5,000 Yazidis were killed that summer, another 7,000 were abducted into slavery and the remaining 50,000 were forced to flee their ancient home in the Ninevah province of Iraq. Emad suffered horrific physcial and psychological abuse everyday, he was being beaten, starved and ordered to run errands for the ISIS soldiers. Somehow, through it all, young Emad was able to survive. Following his liberation in Mosul, Emad was taken to a refugee camp in Dohuk (Iraqi Kurdistan) where he received further medical treatment. There the boy’s uncle shared the news with his mother that her son was alive. The mother, Nofa Zaghla arrived in Winnipeg, Canada, six months ago, as a government-sponsored refugee, with Emad's four other siblings, part of prime minster's Justin Trudeau's commitment to resettle 1,200 Yazidi refugees to Canada by the end of the year. Today, he whereabouts and well-being of her husband and remaining son are unknown.