04 Julio 2017 08:22
An Iraqi MP talks in a televised interview about how Islamic State tortured a Yazidi mother
Vian Dakhil, the only Yazidi MP in the Iraqi parliament, told the following story on Iraqi television, which sounds more like a piece of snuff fiction than reality. Because this should never have happened:
‘One of the women whom we managed to retrieve from Isis said that she was held in a cellar for three days without food or water. Afterwards, they brought her a plate of rice and meat. She ate the food because she was very hungry. When she was finished they said to her: “We cooked your one-year-old son that we took from you, and this is what you just ate.”’
She also talked about the case of a 10-year-old girl who had been raped to death in front of her entire family and said that the question the Yazidis keep asking is: ‘Why? Why did these savages do this to us?’.
The Yazidis are the oldest minority group in Iraq. Ethnically Kurdish and of syncretic religion, they have been recognised by the international community as the target of a genocide perpetrated by Islamic State, with the intention of exiling them from their ancestral lands in northern Iraq.
According to this study led by Valeria Cetorelli, from the Centre for Humanitarian Health at John Hopkins University, more than 10,000 people from the Yazidi community died in the siege of Mount Sinjar alone in August 2015, where the population had sought refuge against the terrorist attacks.