Kidnapped Yazidis finally walk free
KRG pays $1.5m ransom to release Yazidis
"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
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.