Every­body Has a Tragic Story to Tell

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Has­san Shin­gali

IDP (In­ter­nally Dis­placed Peo­ple), was a vague acro­nym for the Shi­galis but not any longer. When the ISIS at­tacked Mo­sul and Tala­far, peo­ple fled to dif­fer­ent ar­eas in Kur­dis­tan re­gion and one of the towns that IDPs fled to was Shin­gal it­self . Shin­gali cit­i­zens helped them with the ba­sic needs and did not know that the same trauma would be­fall them too. Later, they fell vic­tim for the same bru­tal at­tacks and suf­fered most. Nu­mer­ous were killed, women were kid­napped and sex­u­ally as­saulted.

Shin­galis ran away from the at­tacks of ISIS and stayed many days on the Mount of Shin­gal suf­fer­ing from hunger and thirst. Now each one of them has a dif­fer­ent story to tell.

Hashim rasho, a 30- year­sold, told the Kur­dish Globe that on the morn­ing of the Eid, ISIS launched their at­tack and they started to run to the moun­tains and other Yazidi vil­lages. «Me and my fam­ily ran away and headed to­ward Kur­dis­tan Re­gion but on the way ISIS caught us and or­dered us to con­vert to Is­lam. A few min­utes later, the fight erupted, we could hardly run away from them. We fi­nally reached the moun­tain and the jour­ney of suf­fer­ing started.»

Da­wood Su­laiman, 27, said that when ISIS came they im­me­di­ately ran to the moun­tain but when they suf­fered from hunger and thirst they moved down the moun­tain to get food. When we ar­rived the bot­tom of the mount we saw that ISIS had caught many men and took my hand­i­capped brother as well. Then, the mass killing of men started and I could flee to moun­tain again leav­ing my fam­ily be­hind.

Hus­sain Ali, a 34- years- old guy, told the Kur­dish Globe that when the ISIS caught them they hand­cuffed them and blind­folded them. «I and two of my sons were within those 40 men and when they started shoot­ing us, I jumped on the ground so that I would not get shot and after that they left. They thought that they killed us all, but then I got up. I saw that the bar­bar­ians had killed my two sons,» con­cluded Hus­sein.

Na­dia Ali, 22, sadly said that ISIS took her brother and his fam­ily with 7 chil­dren . She said: «Be­fore our eyes I saw ISIS tak­ing them but I was hid­ing be­hind a rock , tears in my eyes were rolling down but I couldn’t do any­thing since they were tak­ing every­body they saw.» Later, she called them, but there was no an­swer.

Sabah Saido, 26, told the Kur­dish Globe «I was in my clinic when they came and they took me to the boss, they took ID 500000 from me and told me to con­vert to Is­lam , they gave me two days or they would kill me. At night I es­caped from them and headed to the moun­tain, there I faced hunger and thirst till Pesh­merge came and res­cued us.»

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