Posted on September 7, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Yazidis
Kurdish Yazidi refugee in Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo: vice.com
BAGHDAD,— A Yazidi member of Iraqi parliament, Haji Sheikh Kandor, confirmed that three thousand women and children are still being held by the Islamic State group (IS) in the cities of Mosul and Raqqa.
“There are 3,000 others still held in the Syrian Raqqa city, Mosul, Tel Afar and Baaj.” he told the National Iraqi News Agency.
He added that “the number of the Yazidis who have been freed from IS in the operations of Fallujah are only 3 and they have been transferred to Kurdistan and joined their relatives,” explaining that “there was information on freeing a large number of abductees in the Fallujah operations, but we contacted the leader of Anbar Operations and the governor and they told us that there were only three women. ”
He added that “there are more than 30 mass graves in the district of Sinjar,” adding that they called for UN organizations and government agencies to detect other mass graves to deliver their remaining to their families for burial according to their own rituals”
A Yazidi member of Iraqi parliament from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) bloc, Vian Dakhil, said in August that 3,770 Kurdish Yazidi women and children still in Islamic State captivity.
Islamic State group has captured most parts of Sinjar district, west of Mosul on August 3, 2014 which led thousands of Kurdish families to flee to Mount Sinjar, where they were trapped in it and suffered from significant lack of water and food, killing and abduction of thousands of Yazidis as well as rape and captivity of thousands of women.
Those who stay behind are subjected to brutal, genocidal acts: thousands killed, hundreds buried alive, and countless acts of rape, kidnapping and enslavement are perpetuated against Yazidi women. To add insult to injury, IS fighters ransack and destroy ancient Yazidi holy sites.
Of around 5,000 Yazidi women captured by the jihadi militants in the summer of 2014, some 2,000 have managed to escape or been smuggled out of Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate.
The Yazidi women are forced into sex slavery and are subjected to systematic rape.
At least 430,000 Kurdish Yazidis have been driven out of their homes since August 2014 by the Islamic State, a report by the Kurdistan Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Victims said on October 1, 2015.
Kurdish coalition forces supported by US-led airstrikes effectively pushed back militants of the Islamic State and retook control of Sinar in November 2015.