IS still holds thou­sands of Yazidis

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

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."

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