Kid­napped Yazidis fi­nally walk free

KRG pays $1.5m ran­som to re­lease Yazidis

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

"Some 234 mem­bers of Yazidi mi­nor­ity, in­clud­ing 150 fe­males and many chil­dren, have been re­leased after months in cap­tiv­ity by the IS mil­i­tants," Nouri Oth­man Sin­jari, spokesman for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment, and KRG Prime Min­is­ter's repre- sen­ta­tive for refugee is­sues in Duhok, said.

The re­lease of the kid­napped Yazidis was a dif­fi­cult and com­pli­cated task, as some were freed through me­di­a­tion of tribal lead­ers and oth­ers by pay­ing ran­som to their ab­duc­tors from the IS mil­i­tants, Sin­jari said with­out de­tails.

Sin­jari said they have paid US$1.5 mil­lion till now as ran­som for the re­lease of the Yazidi women, men and chil­dren.

He also added that they have es­tab­lished a med­i­cal cen­ter for th­ese peo­ple in Duhok to do

giv­ing

fur­ther check­ups and treat­ments for them after they were re­leased.

Since early Au­gust, hun­dreds of Yazidi mi­nor­ity mem­bers have been killed or kid­napped when IS mil­i­tants seized the town of Sin­jar, some 100 km west of Nin­eveh's provin­cial cap­i­tal city of Mo­sul.

The mil­i­tants also re­port­edly kid­napped up to 5000 Yazidi women, tak­ing them to bases in neigh­bor­ing Syria and in the mil­i­tant- seized city of Mo­sul, some 400 km north of the Iraqi cap­i­tal of Bagh­dad.

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