VIE Exclusive: Last Monday, the Islamic State, which recently declared itself the new “caliphate” of the Islamic world, trapped a number of Christian and Yazidi families in an airport, butchered all the men, and took the women and children to be sold as slaves, including for sex. (Photo: Calam1.org)
The Yazidis are a Kurdish ethno-religious community, representing an ancient religion associated with Zoroastrianism. As such, both they and the Christian communities are seen as free game by the Islamic caliphate. Both communities have been in Iraq centuries before the coming of Islam.
Muhammad Khuzai, the Assistant Secretary General of the Red Crescent in Iraq, called the incident a “crime against humanity” in a press statement, adding that “Elements from DAASH [Islamic State] detained over 100 families in the Tal Afar airport, slaughtering all the men among them, and keeping the women and children… They took the Christian and Yazidi women and children to an unknown place, in order to sell them as enemy slaves.”