“All this gravely offends God and humanity. Hatred is not to be carried in the name of God. War is not to be waged in the name of God.” – Pope Francis
If you’re getting daily news about ISIS, or as they love to call themselves “Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (or Syria)”, you might think you’ve accidentally signed up to watch a movie about murders, maybe by barbarians from thousands of years ago.
Unfortunately, the ISIS is now controlling wide territory in both Iraq and Syria after announcing what they call an“Islamic caliphate”, killing thousands of people in heartless ways, while earning tens of millions of dollars in oil revenue to finance their operations.
Iraqi officials said Takfiri ISIL terrorists have carried out hundreds of summary executions in many places in Iraq. The same was in Syria.
In Sinjar Mountains, located in the desert of northern Iraq, a new scene is unfolding happening. Tens of thousands of people were trying to escape the rapid advance of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, or ISIL)! According to many agencies, many of them were Yazidis, doing their best to run away from the butcher’s knife of the ISIS.
Who Are The Yazidis?
The Yazidi, considered as ethnic Kurds, are an ancient religious sect that worships one God and honor seven angels, including an angel figure held by many Muslims to be the devil. Unlike Muslims and Christians, they reject the idea of sin, the devil and hell itself. That’s why many Muslims considered them as devil-worshippers.
Yazidis are one of the world’s smallest and oldest monotheistic religious minorities. Their religion is considered a pre-Islamic sect that draws from Christianity, Judaism and the ancient monotheistic religion of Zoroastrianism.
ISIS has murdered hundred of Yazidis who reject to convert to its extreme ideology. Only the lucky ones were able to escape through anonymous roads, and then cross into Syria or back into Kurdish-controlled areas of northern Iraq.
According to the U.S. State Department’s 2013 International Religious Freedom Report, it is estimated that approximately 500,000 Yazidis live in the northern Iraq, accounting for less than 1% of the country’s population. Another 200,000 live in other parts of the world, according to the website YezidiTruth.org.
Vian Dakhil is the Only Yazidi Member in the Iraqi Parliament
Vian Dakhil raised her voice in the parliament of Iraq – as the only representative of the Yazidi people in Iraq’s parliament – and demanded that the “the massive genocide” in Iraq be stopped immediately.
She addressed Salim Al Jaburi, Iraq’s Head of Parliament, expressing “Mister Speaker of the House, I demand an instant interference to stop this massacre.”
“My family is being slaughtered as many other Iraqis were slaughtered too: Shias, Sunni, Christians, Turkmen, Shabak and today the Yazidis”, she cried out as she burst into tears.
Dakhil appeared in the following video standing behind rows of solemn-looking men, her voice raw and worn out: “We are being slaughtered!”
“72 ethnic cleansing operations have been conducted against the Yazidi community and now, we are being exterminated! An entire religion is being exterminated from the face of the Earth. In the name of humanity, save us!” Dakhil said.
“There are children dying on the mountain, on the roads,” Marzio Babille, the Iraqi representative for the United Nations Children’s Fund, told The Washington Post. “There is no water, there is no vegetation, they are completely cut off and surrounded by Islamic State. It’s a disaster, a total disaster.”
Support and Supplies
Since most of them reside in Iraq’s north, most of them in Sinjar in northwestern Nineveh province, those cut off represent the majority of the entre Yazidi population. Yazidis also reside in smaller numbers in Turkey, Syria, Armenia, Iran and parts of the Caucasus region.
President Barack Obama said in an address on Thursday August 7, that almost 40,000 Yazidis are trapped on the top of Mount Sinjar with few resources; many with just the clothes on their back. Both President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry have said that if the Yazidis are not protected, their slaughter could quickly escalate to genocide.
“These innocent families are faced with a horrible choice,” Obama said. “Descend the mountain and be slaughtered, or stay and slowly die of thirst and hunger.”
The United States attempted emergency airdrops of supplies, but after releasing them at 15,000 and failing to include parachutes, they did not actually deliver the intended help.
France also called for an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said his country is “highly concerned about the latest progress of ISIS in the north of Iraq and by the taking of Qaraqosh, the largest Christian city of Iraq, and the horrible acts of violence that are committed.”
Donatella Rovera of Amnesty International talked to some families – from those who escaped through roundabout roads – some had told her that ISIS had abducted women and girls.
Hardly, food and water reach to those who still in the mountains, they have only 2 choices: dying of dehydration or giving themselves up to ISIS. Daytime temperatures exceed 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit).
Kurds are also apparently trying to help, as they sent a helicopter landing, picked up some civilians, and threw supplies from a low altitude (shown in the video below):
Pope Francis used extraordinarily strong language in his traditional Sunday blessing to condemn what so-called “Islamist” are doing in their continuing campaign against minorities in Iraq – without referring to ISIS – and called for an end to violence in the name of God.
The excessively violent and repressive actions of the ISIS cannot be allowed to cloak itself in religion, their habits include beheading captives, crucifying opponents, demanding a hijab and the genital mutilation of women, while destroying historical landmarks and universities. Keep in mind they are currently earning at least $1 million a day (and up to $100 million per month) selling oil from territory they occupy.