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8/14/2014 (5 months ago)

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Religious minority trapped on Mount Sinjar as Islamic State continues ruthless campaign

Some have escaped - but with the survivors come horror stories. Members of the Yazidi religious sect, persecuted by Islamist State and left stranded on Mount Sinjar in Iraq now say that children are being forced to drink THEIR PARENTS BLOOD in order to survive.

Some Yazidis have been forced to pay smugglers their life savings to ferry them through minefields across the border into Turkey.

Some Yazidis have been forced to pay smugglers their life savings to ferry them through minefields across the border into Turkey.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/14/2014 (5 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Yazidis, Mount Sinjar, escape, refugees, thirst


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Details have begun to emerge after some 8,000 Yazidis were able to escape down Mount Sinjar. These Yazidi refugees have made it to relative safety at a camp in Dohuk Province in Kurdistan. There are countless horrific stories of the 30,000 who have been left behind.

Displaced Yazidis are clawing for food and drink to stay alive in the desert, with children allegedl

Displaced Yazidis are clawing for food and drink to stay alive in the desert, with children allegedly drinking their parents' blood.


"One man has just told us how he saw four children die of thirst," Sky News correspondent Sherine Tadros at the refugee camp says. "There was nowhere to bury them on the mountain so they just put rocks on their bodies.

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Those fleeing have made it to relative safety at a camp in Dohuk Province in Kurdistan, where they h

Those fleeing have made it to relative safety at a camp in Dohuk Province in Kurdistan, where they have told horrific stories of the 30,000 left behind.


"Another man was saying the children were so thirsty, their parents started cutting their own hands and giving them blood to drink."

Other families have also made it across the border after trekking for hundreds of kilometers through sweltering temperatures to safety. Survivors are being given food, water and medical treatment at shelters in Turkey and Syria after being driven out of their town by IS.

Hundreds of other families have also made it across the border after trekking for hundreds of kilome

Hundreds of other families have also made it across the border after trekking for hundreds of kilometers through sweltering temperatures to safety.


Some have been forced to pay smugglers their life savings to ferry them through minefields across the border into Turkey.

There have been many several treks to freedom the Yazidi community has taken after they were sent scattering to the wind following the insurgency, which has trapped around 30,000 other souls on Sinjar Mountain with no food or water.

They are being given food, water and medical treatment at shelters in Turkey and Syria after being d

They are being given food, water and medical treatment at shelters in Turkey and Syria after being driven out of their town by ISIS more than a week ago.


Around 2,000 Yazidis have made it to a refugee camp in Derabon, a small village near Zakho on the Iraqi Kurdistan-Turkey border.

Without passports, many are having to sit tight and hope the uprising is crushed or pay smugglers to help them avoid the official border crossing at Habur.

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community look for clothes to wear among items provided by a charit

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community look for clothes to wear among items provided by a charity organisation at the Nowruz camp, in Derike, Syria.


There is one story that has emerged that how shown family love - and sacrifice in the face of adversity. One Yazidi mother told how she and her three young children waded through the Tigris River and had to tip-toe her way through a minefield to climb through a barbed-wire fence to make it into Turkey.

Syrian Kurdish fighters battled Islamic State militants to carve an escape route to tens of thousand

Syrian Kurdish fighters battled Islamic State militants to carve an escape route to tens of thousands trapped on a mountain top.


Half-way through the five-hour journey, she said the smuggler wanted her children to leave her behind because she was too slow - so her children chose to carry her instead.

"My sons gathered around me and they refused. We were not afraid of dying there. We were afraid of dying at the hands of the Islamic State," she says.

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