These are the innocent faces of just six of the up to three thousands Yazidi girls and women who have suffered excruciating ordeals in Iraq this month. Furthermore, hundreds of men who have refused to convert to Islam have been shot dead.
The kidnappings are believed to have taken place in villages where the local Yazidi residents took up arms against ISIS. The women have been rounded up and are held separately from the men in the ISIS-controlled Tal Afar, to the east of Mount Sinjar.
Some 200,000 people have managed to escape to safety in Iraq’s Kurdish region in the north, but many others remain in the mountain. Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s senior crisis response adviser, told the Agence France-Presse news agency:
The victims are of all ages, from babies to elderly men and women. It seems they took away entire families, all those who did not manage to flee. We fear the men may have been executed.
And scores of Yazidi men have indeed been lined up and shot by the ISIS extremists, before they seized their wives and children. What a tragedy… (Scroll down for the videos.)
1. A displaced Iraqi child from the Yazidi community holds a juice carton after crossing the Syrian-Iraqi border at the Fishkhabur crossing, Iraq.
2. Another Yazidi refugee child is seen in Zakho, Iraq.
3. A Yazidi child receives a polio vaccine at Khanke, outside Dahuk, 260 miles northwest of Baghdad.
4. A Yazidi child receives a polio vaccine. The Yazidis are a centuries-old religious minority viewed as apostates by the Islamic State group, which has claimed mass killings of its opponents in Syria and Iraq.
5. Iraqi clerics from the Yazidi Yazidis found refuge after Islamic State (IS) militants attacked the town of Sinjar.
6. An Iraqi Yazidi girl holds a baby under a bridge on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Dohuk.
7. Yazidi community gather under a bridge where they sought refuge after Islamic State militants attacked the town of Sinjar.
8. Yazidi community settle at the Qandil mountains near the Turkish border outside Zakho, 300 miles northwest of Baghdad, Iraq.
9. Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community settle yesterday at the Qandil mountains near the Turkish border.
10. Some 200,000 people escaped to safety in Iraq’s Kurdish region, but others remain on the mountain.
11. Yazidis fled the militants by scrambling up a barren mountain, where they became stranded.
12. Displaced Iraqi Christians and Yazidis settle at the Diocese of Zakho, 300 miles north-west of Baghdad, Iraq.
13. Displaced Yazidis who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar march in a demonstration at the Iraqi-Turkish border crossing in Zakho district of the Dohuk Governorate of the Iraqi Kurdistan province.
14. Demonstrators demanded protection and evacuation from Iraq to safer areas such as Europe and the US.
And here are the videos:
Source: The Mail Online.
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