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8/20/2014 (1 year ago)

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The defiance of one Yazidi elder was enough to spark the killing of 600.

A story has emerged about how the Islamic State killed as many as 600 people because of the defiance of just one elderly man.  The tale shows how far the Islamic State will go to force its beliefs on the rest of the world.

A Yazidi woman cries in a refugee camp where most of her surviving people now live.

A Yazidi woman cries in a refugee camp where most of her surviving people now live.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/20/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Iraq, Christian, ISIS, IS, ISIL, Islamic State, militants, Catholic, Yazidi


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Last week Islamic State terrorists entered a Yazidi village in northern Iraq and quickly rounded up the approximately 600 people living there. Gathering the people together, they demanded that they all convert to Islam or else be put to death.

Understanding the fearsome reputation of the group, and that the Islamic State terrorists view them as "devil worshipers" on account of the Zoroastrian-based religion they follow, the townsfolk all agreed to convert -except one man.

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The mass conversion was hardly sincere, but the people, according to reports from survivors, simply wanted the Islamic State terrorists to leave them in peace.

Despite the apparent consensus, a village elder stood up and made clear that he, among the entire village would not convert.

With the singular refusal of the town's "sheikh" or elder, the Islamic State terrorists ordered all members of the village into the local school. Women and children were sent to the second story of the building and the men detained on the first. From there, the people were stripped of their belongings. Money, jewelry and all other items of value were systematically, heartlessly seized.

Thousands of Yazidis have fled their ancestral homelands in Iraq ahead of Islamic State terrorists w

Thousands of Yazidis have fled their ancestral homelands in Iraq ahead of Islamic State terrorists who have threatened to exterminate them.


From there, the villagers were loaded onto buses and told they would be transported to Sinjar, which is at the heart of their ancient homeland.

During the trip the vehicles reportedly stopped, quite suddenly, and the terrorists began shooting people at random. It was a disorganized attempt at mass murder, but still effective. One man who was wounded twice, survived by playing dead. That man, Khalof Khodede, reported that he was only able to survive by hiding under the bodies of the dead.

Once the terrorists had shot every person from the village, they went about the dead, shooting again anyone who still showed signs of life.

A number of other women and children were taken away, kidnapped to be kept as slaves according to Khodede.

The Islamic State has been widely condemned for its acts of genocide, not just against Yazidis, but also against Christians, many of whom live in communities that date back to the time of the Apostles. The Islamic State has pledged to spread their strain of Islam around the world and warned that the United States will be attacked next.

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