Iraq

Ezadis Kidnapped by ISIL Say US Did Nothing to Help

 

Ezadis living in the Dohuk refugee camp in Northern Iraq told reporters about their horrific experiences as captives living under the oppression of the ISIL terror group, saying that neither Europe nor US coalition did nothing to save them from their terrorist captors.

“Europe, which speaks of its commitment to human rights, and coalition forces, led by the United States, did nothing,” said Abdollah Shirin, a member of the Yazidi community, TeleSUR reported.

Discussing rescue operations, Shirin stressed that he was able to “save 334 people” thanks to the help of his friends and contacts in Syria. Before the outbreak of the crisis in Iraq and Syria, Shirin worked as a merchant in Aleppo and maintained ties with his business contacts who would later assist in rescuing Ezadis.

Shirin recalled that almost all Ezadi captives were kidnapped during an attack on the Iraqi city of Sinjar in 2014. Victims included women and children, even some members of his own family.

Hussein Bozan, another Ezadi man, told reporters that he, his wife and five children fell into captivity under the ISIL group. Bozan cried when he recalled the abuses suffered by his two daughters and three sons.

A 9-year-old Ezadis, who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity, said the ISIL Group had routinely killed children in cold blood in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

“When we were in captivity under the ISIL group, we were forced to watch videos of people’s deaths. By showing us these videos, they were trying to intimidate us. They said that they killed all those who gave information to the Peshmerga forces. I saw with my own eyes how they killed a woman right in the middle of a street in Raqqa by striking her with a knife in her chest,” the boy told reporters.

Last January, the Ezadi Minority Affairs Office in Iraq said that 75 percent of the Ezadi civilians held in captivity by the ISIL group had been freed following operations to recover Mosul.

However, a report released last April reveals that the ISIL group still holds more than 3,400 of the at least 6,400 Ezadis who were captured during the group’s offensive in 2014 that allowed the group to take over much of Northern Iraq and Syria.

ISIL militants have killed, sexually enslaved, and tortured thousands of Ezadi men, women and children. Members of the Ezadi community consider these events to be a genocide committed by the terror group.

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