Everybody Has a Tragic Story to Tell
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.»