On Augut 5, Vian Dakhil, a Kurdish Yezidi member of Iraqi parliament, broke down in parliament session as she was delivering an emotional statement calling for immediate humanitarian solidarity for the Yezidis.
As many as 200,000 civilians, mostly Yezidis, have fled to a nearby mountain but were surrounded by militants and endangered, said UN Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) on August 3.
She Told Rudaw that as a human she was not able to overcome her emotions and said, “How could I control myself and not cry when a mother calls me and says two of her children died from hunger and thirst. That woman told me on the phone that one of her children was three months old, and the other two and a half year old, died on Shengal Mountain because of thirst and starvation. That is why I lost control over myself and started to cry in the Iraqi parliament, even half of the MPS, men and women, started crying with me.”
She said she received the news that “about 400 Yezidi women and girls are captured in Telafar hospital by ISIS and threaten to sell them as slaves. That is why I called on parliamentarian blocs and parties to put their disputes aside and rescue the Yezidis.”
There are Yezidis who now live in the Shengal Mountain.
Mr. Speaker Yezidis are being slaughtered under the banner “There is no God, but Allah”.
Mr. Speaker, until now, 500 Yezidi men, young and old, have been slaughtered
- Madam MP, please abide by the statement that was agreed on…
Mr. Speaker our women are being taken as slaves and sold in the slave market.
Please brothers…please brothers
There is now a campaign of genocide being waged on the Yezidi component.
Yes Mr. Speaker, I am abiding by [the statement].
Please Mr. Speaker my people are being slaughtered, just as all Iraqis were slaughtered.
The Shiites, the Sunnis, the Christians, the Turkmens and the Shabak were slaughtered.
And today, the Yezidis are being slaughtered.
Brothers, away from all political disputes, we want humanitarian solidarity.
I speak here in the name of humanity: Save us! Save Us!
For 48 hours, 30,000 families are besieged in the Shengal Mountain
without water and without food. They are dying.
Seventy children died from thirst and sultriness thus far.
Fifty old people died from decorating conditions.
Our women are taken as slaves and sold in the slave market.
Mr. Speaker We demand the Iraqi parliament to intervene
immediately to stop this massacre.
There have been 72 genocides against the Yezidis, and now it is being repeated in 21st century.
We are being slaughtered; we are being exterminated
an entire religion in being exterminated from the face of the Earth.
Brothers, I appeal to you, in the name of humanity, in the name of humanity, to save us!
Mr. Speaker I want… [Burst in to tears and breaks down]