The fate of hundreds of Yazidi women captured by ISIS is still unknown

Despite the end of the battle for Mosul and the eventual liberation of the city, problems concerning on of the most targeted minorities by ISIS, the Yazidi people, persist. There are hundreds of abductees who were captured by ISIS militants and were displaced in camps, but their whereabouts today are unknown.

One of the representatives of the Yazidis in the Kurdish Regional Government’s Ministry of Endowments has asserted that the Iraqi Government and the international community have failed to protect the Yazidis in their desperate situation. International organisations such as the UN have been unable to provide any assistance to those who have been abducted or even to survivors of ISIS crimes.

There are causes for concern that several Yazidi children have been adopted by their abductors and are assimilating them into their families and culture, thus detaching the children from their own roots and families. Yazidi activists have thus called on the government to be vigilant while issuing identity cards to such children assimilated by ISIS militants.

The Yazidis have been a particular target for ISIS due to the perception of them being “heretics” in the eyes of the terrorist group. Yazidi civilians have been susceptible to massacres, mostly notably during the Sinjar and Kojo massacres of 2014.

Yazidi women have experienced unprecedented suffering at the hands of ISIS. Many were captured and sold as sex slaves and lost all contact with their families.

Several Yazidi women in Sinjar, however, have resisted ISIS in Iraq under numerous banners, including the “Brigades of Sinjar Resistance” and “Brigades of Sinjar Women Resistance”. Sinjar was eventually liberated in 2015 as a result of the offensive in November named “The Fury of Melek Taus”.

In Syria, some have joined the YPJ (Women’s Protection Units), which are part of the YPG (People’s Protection Units), to combat ISIS.

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