ISIL Takfiri terrorists are selling enslaved Izadis back to their families for exaggerated prices, a report says.
The militants usually request amounts of up to $30,000 to release prisoners, UN officials in Iraq were quoted as saying in a report by VICE News published on Friday.
On April 4,217 Izadi prisoners were released from among the thousands ISIL has held captive since last summer, when it expanded from Syria into northern Iraq.
The Izadis were not simply released but were resold to their families as “slaves” by Takfiri militants, the report said.
“As ISIL regards those who have not converted as malak yamiin [slaves], in ISIL’s eyes the money paid was the purchase price,” said UN human rights chief in Iraq Francesco Motta.
The selling of Izadis is carried out via intermediaries in areas under ISIL control. Prices vary but according to reports are lower if the buyer is not someone acting on behalf of the Izadi community, said Motta.
File photo shows a mother hugging her young child in a celebration for being released from ISIL captivity. (Anadolu Photo)
“One old man in a camp in Dohuk told me that intermediaries had informed him that ISIL were demanding $60,000 to purchase his two daughters,” said Motta. “He was crying as he said that he would never be able to obtain that sort of money to get his daughters released.”
“There are also fears that as government forces make advances, ISIL may resort to killing these captives [rather] than risk them being freed,” he added.
More Izadis killed
On Friday, over 300 Izadi prisoners were put to death by ISIL militants in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
A statement released by Izadi authorities condemned the killings as “heinous criminal acts”.
Iraqi Vice-President Osama al-Nujaifi referred to the deaths as “horrific and barbaric”.
ISIL launched an offensive in Iraq in June last year and took control of Mosul, the country’s second-largest city, before sweeping through parts of the country’s heartland.
The terrorists have committed heinous crimes and threatened all communities, including Izadis, Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, and Christians during their advances in Iraq.