After 5 years in ISIS captivity, 21 Yazidi women and children return home
A Yazidi official says 21 freed women and children have returned to Iraq after five years of captivity in the hands of the ISIS terror group in Syria.
The group includes three women and 18 children, according to witnesses. They were greeted by residents of Sinuni, a Yazidi town north of Sinjar mountain.
The group’s return was confirmed by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) office which helps return missing Yazidis. An official said his office had helped in efforts to bring the group back home.
Thousands of Yazidi women and girls abducted by ISIS after it took control of vast swathes of the country in August 2014, were often given to Muslim terrorists as “rewards”.
Survivors who had escaped or been rescued relayed stories of slave markets, gang rape and forced conversion to Islam.
About 3,000 Yazidis are still missing after ISIS terrorists stormed their communities in the Sinjar region in northwest Iraq in 2014, and enslaved, raped and murdered thousands of worshippers of the Yazidi faith.
In Syria, a two-weeks-long pause to the U.S.-backed military campaign against ISIS raised hopes that the captives could escape to safety, but authorities said only a handful of Yazidis were identified among the refugees.