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Yezidi MP in Iraq: ‘We Are Being Slaughtered’

By Rudaw 6/8/2014
Children are among the tens of thousands stuck for days in the Shingal mountains, where dozens have already died of starvation and thirst. Photo: Rudaw
Children are among the tens of thousands stuck for days in the Shingal mountains, where dozens have already died of starvation and thirst. Photo: Rudaw
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A Yezidi MP in the Iraqi parliament broke down in tears as she pleaded for immediate help for thousands from her community stuck for days on an arid mountain, where more than 60 children and the elderly have died of starvation and thirst.

“We are being slaughtered under the banner of ‘there is no God but Allah,’” Vian Dakhil told MPs, referring the families who fled to the outskirts of Shingal, which fell to Islamic State (IS/ISIS) militants on Saturday.

In tears, Dakhil said that an entire religion is being exterminated by the Islamic zealots, who remain holed up in Shingal under heavy fire from Peshmerga forces.

“There is now a campaign of genocide being waged on the Yazidis,” Dakhil said.

“Brothers, leave all political disputes aside, we want humanitarian solidarity!  Speak here in the name of humanity: save us! save us!” Dakhil appealed.

She added that, “Thirty-thousand families are besieged in the Shingal mountains without water and food. They are dying. Seventy babies have died,” she said.

“Our women are taken as slaves and sold in the slave market,” Dakhil said, referring to the IS practice of taking women as war booty.

Yezidi leaders have continued to seek international help for the tens of thousands displaced by the ongoing fighting and are at imminent risk of death.

They have reported that over the past three days the militants have killed many from the community and taken 500 Yezidi women as hostages. IS fighters have posted pictures of dead Yezidis on the Internet.

Earlier this week, Kurdish President Massoud Barzani vowed to “defend Shingal and our Yezidi brothers and sisters.”

IS fighters, who have already driven out Christians from their ancestral homes in northern Iraq – including Zumar -- have been especially targeting the Yezidis, a gentle community they consider to be “devil worshipers.”

The United Nations has called the situation in Shingal and other parts of Nineveh province “a humanitarian disaster.” 

With no Iraqi forces left in those regions, the Kurdish Peshmerga fighters remain the only barrier between the militants and the Kurdish community of Yezidis and Christians in the province.

On Monday, Barzani ordered more than 10,000 Kurdish fighters into an offensive against IS, which has declared an Islamic Caliphate in captured territories in Iraq and Syria, with its capital in Mosul. Iraq’s second-largest city fell to the militants in June.

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Rudaw video from Shingal mountain: http://rudaw.net/sorani/kurdistan/0608201422?keyword=60

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Angry Heart | 6/8/2014
SO I READ THIS & IMAGINE ITS MY LOVED ONE. "A deputy in Kurdistan Region parliament Bisetoon Fayeq told Xendan website that the jihadist militants have kidnapped and raped 500 Yazidi women, adding that the militants have also kidnapped a number of pregnant women, freed some of them and have killed some others. The Chief of Women Rights’ Defense Commission Eywar Ibrahim told Rudaw that they are aware of the place the kidnapped women are being kept. He went on to say that the women are being kept in a gym across from New Palace Hotel in western Mosul" WHAT DO YOU THINK I MIGHT DO WHEN I MEET AN ARAB AND NO ONE IS WATCHING IF I CANT CONTROL MY EMOTIONS. IMAGINING SOMEONE JUST RAPED & KILLED MY PREGNANT WIFE? DEPORT EVERY STINKING ARAB FROM MOSUL. What are Arabs in Mosul doing? Watching, staring, cheering it on while making selfies with raped Kurdish women? After MOSUL is liberated deport the entire ARAB population IF (IF)MOSUL ARABS do not fight the ISIS animals RIGHT NOW.
Botan | 6/8/2014
Fuck these terrorists and their religion. I have not seen a religion doing so much harm to humanity like Islam. I have known many eizidis over the years, and I must say that they are the best kinds of Kurds. Behold brothers and sisters, our Peshmerga, PKK and YPG heroes will save.
Humanity | 6/8/2014
The Yizidies are the core of the Kurdish nation ,they are the most genuine and brave Kurds.There is no humanity left on the earth?.The fat and lazy Europeans are watching and doing nothing.They seem confortable in their T-V observatory,they can wait till the Islamist State turns its devil attention to them.No humanity is left on the Earth ?.
Humanity | 6/8/2014
Please read the following article: -"Why oppose an indepoendent Kurdistán ", written by William Galstone and published in The Wall Street Journal of 6.8.2014. -It is available also in Kurd.net.
MAP PLlease | 6/8/2014
RUDAW a map of Kurdistan please with kurdish villages labelled in Alphabet for us who read no Arabic or other. KURDISTAN MAP please
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