Thursday, August 07, 2014

Yazidis condemned to die in Iraq

It is impossible to remain unmoved by the tragic plight of the Yazidis, one of Iraq's indigenous peoples. About 50,000 have been stranded in the Sinjar mountains without food, water and medical supplies - casualties of the IS (Islamic State) 's advance in Kurdish-controlled regions. The Iraqi army and Kurdish forces are cooperating to regain lost ground. Arutz Sheva reports:

An Iraqi MP and member of the ancient Yazidi religion broke down in tears earlier this week as she described the slaughter of thousands of her people earlier this week.

MP Fiyan Dakheel's heartbreaking display of sheer desperation highlighted the alarming advances made by the "Islamic State" group (formerly ISIS) in recent weeks, and the damning silence of international leaders and human rights bodies.
An undetermined number of Yazidis in northern Iraq - most of whom are ethnic Kurds and whose presence predates both Islam and Christianity in the region - have been killed by advancing jihadists. More than 200,000 other Yazidis have been forced to flee in a campaign of ethnic-cleansing and, some have charged, attempted genocide of one of Iraq's most ancient communities.

In the video, Dakheel herself alleges that no less than a "genocide" is being perpetuated against her people under the banner of Islam.

"I am speaking here in the name of humanity! Please save us! Save us!" she cried, shortly before collapsing with grief.

Some 147,000 of refugees have made it to Kurdish-controlled regions of northern Iraqi, but approximately 50,000 have been left stranded in the Sinjar Mountains with no food, water or medical supplies, after Kurdish forces retreated in the face of Islamist advances.

Islamic State forces have surrounded the foot of the mountain, cutting them off in an attempt to starve them out. As a result dozens, potentially hundreds, have already died of thirst - mostly women, children, the elderly and the weak.

It is just the latest tragic episode in the march of the Islamic State through Iraq and Syria. The list of atrocities is already long: Shi'ites and Allawites who do not manage to escape Islamist forces are summarily executed, their shrines and mosques systematically dynamited; Christians have been totally expelled from areas under "Islamic State" control, most recently from Mosul; other ancient shrines - Sufi, Jewish and even Sunni ones which are deemed heretical by the jihadis - have also been demolished.

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Interview (Arabic) with a Christian refugee from Mosul


Anonymous said...

Please post links on how to help!

Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

how to help? One of Obama's functionaries, one Samantha Power, wrote a book about the "responsibility to protect."
She was complaining against the indifference to genocide. She is now part of such an indifferent government.

Write her and Obama to do something to stop the massacres in Iraq, which is after all a land in which the USA was involved.

bataween said...

Thank you Eliyahu. If you re in the UK you could write to David Cameron, the Prime Minister at this link:

Empress Trudy said...

No Jews No News. Sorry, but all I can suggest is someone make them honorary palestinians and somehow blame their fate on the Jews. Only way to get a reaction. Other than that it looks like ethnic cleansing is what will happen.

Sylvia said...

Just in: Apparently, American planes have attacked Islamist strongholds in the area and are apparently trying to bring help to the stranded victims.

Sylvia said...

Just in: The Pentagon is denying that American planes attacked in Northern Iraq.

Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

isn't it curious that some people who seldom show any humanitarian concern whatsoever suddenly fill up with self-righteous indignation whenever Israel touches a single hair of a hamas terrorist [called a "militant"]?? Nothing like hatred of Jews to get their humanitarian juices flowing.