The U.N. children's
agency, UNICEF, said Tuesday that official reports indicated 40 children
from the Yazidi minority had died "as a direct consequence of violence,
displacement and dehydration" since the weekend.
"Families who fled the
area are in immediate need of urgent assistance, including up to 25,000
children who are now stranded in mountains surrounding Sinjar and are in
dire need of humanitarian aid including drinking water and sanitation
services," it said.
Dakhil gave a similarly awful account.
"Over the course of 48
hours, 30,000 families are stranded in the Sinjar Mountains with no
water and food. They are dying -- 70 kids so far died from thirst and
suffocation," she said.
"Fifty old men died due to the deteriorating situation. Our women are being captured and sold as slaves."
"The militant advance on Sinjar and other towns in the area displaced as
many as 200,000 people, according to the UN Mission in Iraq. Most of the
displaced are Yezidi, a Kurdish community whose faith includes features
of the ancient Persian religion of Zoroastrianism."
Link: "This week may mark the moment the ancient religious home for the Yazidi faith is wiped out in Iraq"
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