ISIS killed at least 500 Yazidis when they took over their ancient home of Sinjar, Iraq. Some victims, including women and children, were buried alive. Hundreds of Yazidi women were captured by ISIS and forced to become sex slaves.
ISIS calls Yazidis devil worshippers. Yazidis practice a religion that combines Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism.
Eyewitness accounts and grisly evidence, including mass graves, provide proof.
The victims were found in mass graves scattered in and around Sinjar.
“We have striking evidence obtained from Yazidis fleeing Sinjar and some who escaped death, and also crime scene images that show indisputably that the gangs of the Islamic States have executed at least 500 Yazidis after seizing Sinjar,” Sudani told Reuters.. “Some of the victims, including women and children were buried alive in scattered mass graves in and around Sinjar.”
Hundreds of Yazidi women and girls have been forced into becoming sex slaves or wives to ISIS fighters.
“We spoke to some of the Yazidis who fled from Sinjar. We have dozens of accounts and witness testimonies describing painful scenes of how Islamic State fighters arrived and took girls from their families by force to use them as slaves,” Sudani said.
“The terrorist Islamic State has also taken at least 300 Yazidi women as slaves and locked some of them inside a police station in Sinjar and transferred others to the town of Tal Afar. We are afraid they will take them outside the country.”
Sudani wants the international community to act. He will have a long wait.
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A deadline passed at midday on Sunday for 300 Yazidi families to convert to Islam or face death at the hands of the militants. It was not immediately clear whether the Iraqi minister was talking about the fate of those families or others in the conflict.
Two women, one in her thirties, were stoned to death in two towns overtaken by ISIS for allegedly committing adultery. In both cases, the people in the town refused to take part in the stoning.
At Grumpy Elder you can watch the horrific beheading of a young Christian man who was forced to deny Christ first.
Pope Francis, who said it leaves him in “dismay and disbelief” said this needs a political solution.
He called on the “world to stop these crimes” – politically.
The pope urged the international community to find “an efficient political solution that can stop these crimes and re-establish the rule of law”. He said his personal emissary, Cardinal Fernando Filoni, twill travel o Iraq on Monday to show solidarity with Christians.
More information about the mass graves at al arabiya.