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