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Kurdistan

Abducted Yezidi girls moved to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Chechnya; officials say

By Rudaw 1/3/2016
A Kurdish Yazidi family fled following ISIS attack on the northern Iraqi town of Shingal in August 2014. Photo: AFP
A Kurdish Yazidi family fled following ISIS attack on the northern Iraqi town of Shingal in August 2014. Photo: AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region—The mayor of the predominately Yezidi town of Shingal says dozens of the Yezidi girls who were kidnapped by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in August 2014, have been relocated to other countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya and Chechnya, as war booty.

Mihemma Xelil told Rudaw their intelligence was based on several interviews conducted with rescued Yezidi women who had been released after ransoms had been paid to ISIS through mediators.

“At this moment we do not know how these girls were moved outside of Iraq or Syria but we believe they could have smuggled them out of the countries overland,” Xelil said adding that security personnel were yet to investigate the cases.

Many of the women were initially moved to nearby cities of Mosul and Tal Afar but they were soon taken to the groups more secure territories in Syria the mayor said.

“Many of the abducted women still have access to their cellphones and speak to their families and ask for ransoms to be paid for their release,” Xelil added.

 According to a government office, which was set up to help locate and bring back the abducted Yezidis, of the 6255 people who were kidnapped 3878 are still in ISIS captivity with nearly 1800 of them being women and children.

“We have paid the ransom for many of the rescued victims, especially in cases where we knew for sure that they would be released for ransom,” said Hussein Koro who manages the office on behalf of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

“But in many cases, when we could not verify a source and therefore decided not to pay the ransom, the relatives of the victim paid it themselves and many times it turned out to be false sources who were after the ransom money,” Koro told Rudaw.  

The size of the ransom varies and depends on whether the victim is male or female and where they are held captive Koro added.

Rudaw spoke with Xudeda Misto, a 75-year-old Yezidi from Shingal whose entire family including his wife, three daughters and his son were abducted by the militants in August 2014 and has not seen them since.

“They have asked for $15,000 for my eldest daughter who is now in Syria, but I have only $5000 and could not make the rest.” Misto said. He had obtained information about where his daughter was held through a Muslim friend in Shingal. 

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Kkurd | 1/3/2016
Muslim Kurds are certainly and sadly pleased about this news since Yazidis are Kuffar. Islam is the cancer of Kurdish society.
kurt basar | 2/3/2016
Those Chechen, Afghan & Pakistani Wahabi Muslim dogs w/ the rabies are international terorists & Jihadis, who are product of the Wahabi Saudi Arabia and need to be prosecuted at the international court for their heinous crimes against the Ezidies. The Saudi Arabia & their Surrogate the Turkish president Mr. Erdogan & Qatar are biggest sponsor of the Muslim terrorism, I wonder what will they do or feel if they kidnap, rape and sale their naked daughters at the Sunni Arab savages bazaars? these people are just plain savages same as their prophet, who was looter, kidnaper & raper with medieval dungeoneers mentality, god help the poor EZidies who are suffered at the hand of these Muslim savages & cutthroats.
Alfredo | 2/3/2016
Amin! Islam is shit of Davil!
Ibrahim | 2/3/2016
This is the Sunnah, the way of the pedophilic Mohammed kidnapping Kurdish women as Muslim Arabs have done for the past 1,400. Islam is the biggest biggest slave organization and the biggest brothel in the world.
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Stewee Guy | 2/3/2016
Our Kurdish people in Iran and Iraq greet each other using the Arabic phrase "Alsalam Alaykum" ISIS won the cultural battle by destroying our culture thru Islam to point we don't care about our own people just because they are Yezides and not Muslims. I bet if what happened to our Yezide sisters and brothers happened to some Muslim nation in Mars the brain washed Muslim Kurds would've gone crazy.
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