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8/14/2014 (1 year ago)

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Rescue efforts have helped break ten-day jihadist siege

There are fears that the 300 Yazidi women who have been kidnapped by militants from the Islamic State last week will be used to bear children in order to break up the ancient community's bloodline.

A child of the Yazidi minority group, noted for blonde hair, blue eyes and a fairer complexion.

A child of the Yazidi minority group, noted for blonde hair, blue eyes and a fairer complexion.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/14/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: International, Middle East, Iraq


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Yazidi minority sect has retained a fairer complexion, blonde hair and blue eyes by only marrying within the community, but in their bid to convert all non-Muslims, the jihadists have vowed to impregnate the hostages.

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Around 45,000 Yazidi refugees have finally been able to escape from Mount Sinjar after U.S. air strikes and an offensive push by Kurdish forces managed to break the ten-day siege, but a small band of Iraqis still on the mountain top are either too scared or too proud to come down.

Mount Sinjar, where tens of thousands of Yazidis sought refuge from Islamic State militants.

Mount Sinjar, where tens of thousands of Yazidis sought refuge from Islamic State militants.


Reports from U.S. officials indicate that some Yazidids told American forces that were going to rescue them that they see the mountain as a sage haven and are reluctant to leave.

Referencing the kidnapping of the Yazidi women, Adnan Kochar, chairman of the Kurdish Cultural Center in London told MailOnline: "The Kurds and Yazidis are originally Aryans. But because the Yazidis are such a closed community they have retained a fairer complexion, blonder hair and bluer eyes. They don't marry non-Yazidis.

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Kochar continued: "ISIS have taken around 300 women from Sinjar to give to jihadists to marry and make pregnant to have a Muslim child. If they can't kill all Yazidis, they will try to smash the blond bloodline."

These people adhere to an ancient faith, which has been passed down and adapted for over 4,000 years. It is composed of elements of several religions, derived from ancient Zoroastrianism which was the dominant religion in the region before the spread of Islam and the fall of the Persian Empire, and are often accused by Muslims of devil worship.

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