(CNSNews.com) – In its report on the genocide of the Yazidi people in Sinjar, Iraq, at the hands of the Islamic State, the United Nations documented that thousands of men and boys (12 or older) were slaughtered in the streets – shot in the head or throats cut (beheaded) – and that “family members were often forced to witness the killings.”
As one witness, a 16-year-old girl who was held captive for seven months and sold as a sex slave, told the U.N., “After we were captured, ISIS forced us to watch them beheading some of our Yazidi men. They made the men kneel in a line in the street, with their hands tied behind their backs. The ISIS fighters took knives and cut their throats.”
The U.N. Human Rights Council report, They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes Against the Yazidis, is based upon 45 interviews of survivors, smugglers, activists, doctors, nurses, and journalists, which corroborated information and material collected by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.
The Islamic State forces attacked the Yazidi villages in Sinjar in northern Iraq on Aug. 3, 2014. It is estimated that at least 5,000 Yazidis have been killed, so far, by ISIS as a direct act of genocide.
The U.N. states that “over 3,200 Yazidi women and children are still held by ISIS. Most are in Syria where Yazidi females continue to be sexually enslaved and Yazidi boys are indoctrinated, trained and used in hostilities. Thousands of Yazidi men and boys are missing. The genocide of the Yazidis is ongoing.”
Specifically in reference to the Yazidi men and boys, the U.N. reported that upon capture on Aug. 3, 2014, and in the days that followed, ISIS swiftly separated the men with the boys who had reached puberty. Younger boys were allowed to stay with their mothers and sisters.
Following these separations, “ISIS fighters summarily executed men and older boys who refused to convert to Islam,” said the U.N.
In the report, the U.N. quotes a Yazidi woman who was held captive for 15 months and sold 5 times as a sex slave. She says, “ISIS ordered everyone from Kocho [village] to go to the school. Men and boys over 10 years were on the ground floor, while women and children were on the upper floor.”
“The fighters took the men and boys away,” she says. “After ISIS took them, no men from the village ever returned. My husband was with them.”
In March 2016, the United States officially declared that the actions of the Islamic State against Christians, Yazidis, and other minorities in the Middle East constituted genocide. The British government made the same official declaration in April 2016. Read the whole thing