Now that Ebola is news, the Yazidis are history.
NOTE: Clue bat for DS journo wannabes, IS head choppers are not ‘militants’, they’re Islamic terrorist scum.
‘IS’ militants abduct thousands of Yazidi women and girls
In attacks on the Yazidi religious minority in northern Iraq, “Islamic State” militants are said to have abducted up to 5,000 women and girls. Five survivors tell DW what they endured in 23 days of captivity.
The five girls sit with their heads bowed, veils pulled down over their faces, fingers clutched firmly together. They come from Kocho, a village in the Sinjar Mountains. Ceylan, the smallest, is 10, while the oldest, Zehra, is 20. For three weeks, they were held by the militants of the terrorist group “Islamic State” (“IS”).
“In early August, the jihadists invaded our village,” says Zehra. “They gave residents a choice: You have two days to become Muslim, otherwise you will be killed. But people did not want to convert to Islam. And so they drove us all into a school, separating the men from the women, into groups. My father was in the last group. We never saw him again.”
Up to 400,000 Yazidis have been expelled from their villages and towns in northern Iraq. Hundreds were killed and – as it has now emerged – about 5,000 women were abducted and sent to Mosul, a figure that has been confirmed by aid organizations and Western diplomats.
The “IS” terrorists conducted a veritable manhunt on the Yazidis, killing men and women and capturing women like Zehra and her four sisters. Those who could escape crossed the mountain desert of Sinjar and made their way to Lalish, in the autonomous Kurdish region.
‘The worst pogrom of all’
Lalish is the center of the Yazidi faith, a secluded valley in the rugged Kurdish mountains. Many displaced people have found refuge here in recent weeks – and a little comfort. They have sheltered in the shade of the old, sacred trees, in the steep alleys of the temple district, in niches and doorways. Campfires and tents are everywhere.
“Where shall we go when winter comes?” asks a woman. “We should go to Germany,” replies her husband. “We can no longer go back to our villages – the ‘Islamic State’ is there now.”
Baba Sheikh, the minority’s religious leader, says that his people have already endured 73 pogroms. “But this is the worst of all.” The old man looks tired and struggles to somehow place the current disaster in the Yazidi story of suffering.
Women abducted in groups
The religious community, with roots that date back to pre-Christian times, has repeatedly been the target of radical Muslim hatred. The Yazidis worship the archangel Tausi Melek as God’s supreme creation; for Islamists, he is considered to be the devil, Satan or Iblis. They view Yazidi theology as being too complex, too rich in myths and hymns, a belief system that contradicts the more straightforward Islam.
More here. H/T: Fjordman