KRG Office for Ezidi Abductees Affairs: 100,000 Ezidis have fled the country

Duhok- Ezidi children survivors attend classes at a religious school, April 2019   Photo: Ammar Aziz

Karwan Ba’adre- Duhok

An estimated 100,000 Ezidis have fled the country since Shingal fell to the Islamic State (IS) group on August 3, 2014, according to new statistics released by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) office tasked with rescuing Ezidi abductees.

The new survey indicates that more than 6 thousand men, women and children have been kidnapped by the group.

Meanwhile, the KRG office statistics declared that the Ezidi population prior to the arrival of IS was estimated at 550,000.

More than 360,000 were displaced following the IS attack and 1,293 Ezidis were slaughtered under various circumstances. As a result, 2,745 children lost one or both parents.

Until June of this year 80 mass graves of Ezidi victims have been found, according to the survey.

The IS attacks had also led to the destruction of 68 Ezidi historial and sacred places.

Out of the 6,417 kidnapped by IS fighters after they overran Shingal, 3,476 have been freed, while 2,941 Ezidis remain missing.

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