These days, the people of Kurdistan remember the anniversary of the terrorist attack of ISIS on the Shinkal district in 2014, and the destruction of the Yezidi Kurds by the most heinous terrorist organization.
After the ISIS attack on Mosul and its control, the terrorist groups on 3/8/2014 attacked the district of Shingal.Once the city entered the city, the terrorist organization started massacres against the Yezidis, looting and stealing their homes and kidnapping women and their captives.
Who are the Yezidis?
The Yazidi faith, which originated in Iran more than 4,000 years ago, is considered a non-missionary and closed religion.
The Yezidis believe in one God, praying to Him, taking the sun before them, in addition to their faith in seven angels, the first and most important of them being King Peacock.
They are affiliated with the five-member Supreme Spiritual Council, based near the Shaikhan region, including the Yazidi “Amir” of the world, as well as their religious authority, Baba Shaikh.
Yezidis in numbers
Of the roughly 1.5 million Yazidis in the world, the largest number, 550,000, live in Iraq, with fewer in the Kurdish-speaking regions of Turkey and Syria.
Decades of immigration have resulted in large numbers of Yezidis heading to Europe, especially Germany, home to about 150,000 members of the community, as well as Sweden, France, Belgium and Russia.
But since ISIS invaded Shankal in 2014, nearly 100,000 Yazidis have migrated from Iraq to Europe, the United States, Australia and Canada.
About 360,000 people are still living in camps for displaced people, and only a few thousand have been able to return to Shankal, where most homes are still rubble, electricity, clean water and hospitals are scarce.
Day of attack
Ghiath Sorji, a PUK official in charge of information, told PUKmedia: At dawn on August 3, 2014, after ISIS took control of the city of Mosul and Tal Afar, the terrorist groups began attacking Shinkal district from Tal Afar district. Unfortunately, the Peshmerga forces withdrew. And other security forces from the city for several reasons, the most important geographical geographical district Shinkal and its rugged areas and the absence of any borders with the Kurdistan region.
He added: After the attack, civilians began to flee to Mount Shinkal, some of whom fell into the hands of terrorist groups such as the compound and Kujo and areas that were close to the Tal Afar district, where terrorist groups left genocide against innocent Yazidi citizens.
Surgey said more than 200,000 people had fled to Mount Shinkal, which is about 72 kilometers long and reaches Syria. There was a dental catastrophe due to lack of food and basic supplies, which led to the deaths of many children, the elderly and the sick.