IS still holds thousands of Yazidis
The Office of Yazidi Affairs has been tasked by the KRG to help tally and rescue the thousands of men, women and children still held in slavery by the IS. Its director, Hussein Koro, says that over 2000 Yazidis had been rescued or managed to escape but that IS is still holding as many as 4,500 people captive.
To rescue those in captivity, Koro's office relies on people with contacts inside IS-held territory. Officials admit they pay smugglers to get the women out but insist they don't pay money directly to the radicals.
"We're doing our best to rescue as many as we can, but we can’t do it by ourselves alone," said Koro, from his office in Dohuk. "Many people visit us in the office and ask about their family members captured by the IS."
According to Koro, most of those who rescued so far have been hurt by the IS fighters.
Concerning the health condition of the rescued people, Koro said two committees have been formed to oversee and treat those who are not in good condition. “The people need time in order to get back to their normal situation and start a new life.”
"We need other countries to help but the international community is just watching, sleeping. We are begging them to help. We know how much our women and girls are suffering under the IS."