Bayan’s es­cape lasted three days and nights

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Has­san Shin­gali

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."

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