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People Eating Leaves to Survive on Shingal Mountain, Where Three More Die

Life in the Shingal Mountains, where tens of thousands of Yezidis are fighting for survival.  Photo: Rudaw
Life in the Shingal Mountains, where tens of thousands of Yezidis are fighting for survival. Photo: Rudaw
SHINGAL MOUNTAIN, Kurdistan Region – Tens of thousands of Kurdish Yezidis who have been dying in their dozens of starvation and thirst on an arid mountain appealed to the outside world to open a corridor to escape Islamic State (IS/ISIS) militants, as three more died Thursday.

Rudaw correspondent Barakat Issa who is stuck in the mountains reported that some 50,000 Yezidis, cowering on the mountain since the militants captured the town of Shingal on Saturday, have run out of food and water, with some resorting to eating leaves off of the trees in a desperate effort to live.

The reporter has seen bodies scattered on the Shingal Mountains, reporting that more than 70 have died, many of them children and the elderly.

Those on the mountain said they had received no assistance, denying reports they had been supplied with food and water by air.

The Yezidis, who have been especially targeted by IS because of their religion, are calling for a humanitarian corridor between the town of Senoon in northern Mosul  and the Syrian border to reach safety.

Diseases are breaking out among the displaced Yezidis, and people with long-term illnesses are also at grave risk, the correspondent reported.

”People walk the length of the mountain with no food and water and some have resorted to eating leaves off he trees,” Issa said.

As their situation becomes more desperate some people have said they would rather come down the mountains than face certain death.

Some who have guns said they had tried to walk down to reach Senoon for water but were forced back after being fired on by the militants.

The United Nations and European Union have both expressed concern about the situation in Shingal and other parts of Nineveh province, with the UN calling it a “humanitarian disaster.”

Nearly 200 thousand Yezidis, an ancient people with their own religious beliefs, are regarded as infidels by the militants.

In Shingal, where the militants are fighting heavy Peshmerga fire, there are reports of executions and Yezidi women being taken as war booty.

With no Iraqi forces left to protect Christian and Yezidi minorities in northern Iraq the Kurdish forces remain their only hope.


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Ex-WHO | 7/8/2014
It is totally unbelievable that the UN can not airlift these people or at least provide them with food and water. Or maybe not, we all remember how the UN dealt with Rwanda and other catastrophic situations. The organization is a big joke and full of alot of persons making big money and earning their Life-savings on the DSAs which they are collecting. The UN doesn´t care an inch about the dying Yezidis. Believe me, I have seen these lazy and unengaged UN-people from within.
Kurdish Anon | 7/8/2014
This is very sad and Kurdish forces are a bad hope, because their weapon is not as advanced as ISIS. Also KRG don’t have helicopters or fighter jets to crush those beasts. Now we Kurds have to beg to Maliki regime to protect us. We are becoming victims again. Shame on all western countries that are silent about this unjust attach. Phuck the flowing Terrorist countries who created ISIS and still providing them with ammunitions: - USA, UK, France Saudi Shiiiit, Kuwait, UEA. We must protect the Yezidis for they are the real Kurdish people. Down with western terrorist religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Nothing but fairy tales, superstitions, and does not make any sense. We are going back to Zoroastrians Long Live KURDIA
Dildar Herki | 7/8/2014
turkish citizen | 7/8/2014
Sımko Engızek | 7/8/2014
Oy hawar oy hawar. The power who let my people without security will be punish through every breath in life. That is betrayal on Welat. There is a famous stran from Şivan Perwer: Wa hatın peşmerga me......... It was a lie. Mixabın Hevalno. And now? My wonderful chıldren and grandparents are starving and nobody can do something. Why? Because Peşmerga let my people alone. Bımre cehş kurdan bımre.

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