Bayan’s escape lasted three days and nights
Tragic stories of Shingali people never end. Whenever one says that it is over and it is time to start a new life and open a new page, another more horrible story comes to light. Each one of those who fled to the Mount Sinjar and those who escaped from ISIS tells a heartbreaking story of his/her own. The personal experiences of these people can be discerned on their sad faces. We made a short journey to find a lady who managed to flee from the ISIS. We met her in Sersing near Amedi.
Bayan Alyas, 27 years old women from one of the villages of Singar, told the Kurdish Globe her sad and tragic story. She said that a group of people were running from their village toward Khanasor and Sinon, nearest complexes to Syrian border. They were fleeing from the Islamic State (ISIS) towards Southern Kurdistan. But unfortunately the terrorists surrounded them and captured them. The barbarian militants separated women from men and singled out the nice ladies for themselves. Taking them to Syria was an intolerable journey because of the ill-treatment of the IS militants.
"After killing all men, they took the women to Talafar district in which they stayed there for four days then were transferred to Mosul city.‘ ’I have seen scenes that no one can even imagine, especially the way the IS groups were dealing with us. Some women were fiercely tortured. Children were crying to join their mothers but they were not allowed to do so," recalled Alyas. Then, the militants brought them back to Talafar district and set them in one of the Shia villages. The way Alyas was telling the story was so sad it made those listening cry for she was very much sympathetic. Alyas told the Globe that during one night she could run with 8 other women and 3 children from the village heading toward the Sinjar Mount to join their loved ones. The escape lasted three days and nights till they got to the Mount. "We ran at night with bare feet and when the sun rose we hid till it got dark again and we were suffering from hunger and thirst till we reached safety," added Alyas.
This is not the last tragic story that one hears about Shingali people but it is one of the hundreds of stories since each one has experienced a different fate. The last words Bayan uttered were "They killed my brother too before my eyes."