Izadi families pay smugglers to save girls from ISIL

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Thursday, 14 May 2015


Izadi families pay smugglers to save their women and girls sold as sex slaves in ISIL’s strongholds in Syria, a report says.

The families often have to pay large sums of money to the smugglers to save their loved ones, Izadi activists based in Iraq’s Kurdistan told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in a Wednesday report.

Hundreds of women and girls were abducted last year by the ISIL militants following the fall of the Iraqi city of Sinjar, mainly populated by Izadi Kurds.

The smugglers go after the girls in Raqqa, the terrorist group’s de facto capital, and Deir al-Zor, another Takfiri stronghold, where they are sold as sex slaves.

"It's a sort of rescue operation," said Murad Ismael with the Izadi NGO Yazda, supporting the community’s refugees in the Iraqi semi-autonomous region.

How much per captive?

The smugglers, Sunni Arabs from the region, mostly demand around $1,000 per captive but the amount could reach to as high as $15,000, and in one case 20,000 euros was paid by an Izadi group in Germany.

"Most of the families haven't enough. Sometimes the KRG [Kurdish Regional Government] paid, but often the families have to round up the money themselves," said Hayri Demir, the editor in chief of Ezidi Press.

Demir said some of the smugglers were themselves ISIL allies but “made their money” by returning the girls while there were "also some Sunnis who helped women without money.”

The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) are also parts of some of the operations usually by providing “the contact to these smugglers,” Demir said.

ISIL's new video

Earlier on Wednesday, a video purportedly released by ISIL, showed two Izadi young boys talking about training at an ISIL camp in Iraq.

More than 3,000 Izidis are believed to be in the hands of the militants, who teach the Izadi kids the fake version of Islam and how to fight.

The ISIL attacks against the Izadis’ hometown last year displaced tens of thousands of people, including the elderly people and children, many of whom perished while left stranded in the mountains.

The Takfiris currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq and Syria.

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