Dasinya is a 13 years Yezidi girl who was 4 years old when ISIS kidnapped her. Recently she was located and rescued from Turkey. She is now settled with her family in Shariya.
In August 2014, ISIS militants seized the Yezidi heartland of Shingal in northern Iraq and committed genocide against the minority community. More than 400,000 Yazidis fled. The men and older women who were not able to flee were killed. More than 5,000 were buried in mass graves. An estimated 6,417 women and children were enslaved.
Dasinya was trafficked by ISIS terrorists on August 3rd, 2014, along with 19 members of her family. She was freed from ISIS captivity on June 3rd, 2023, along with five other girls. Dasinya traveled from Turkey to Erbil. On June 7th, 2023, Dasiniya and five other survivors arrived in Erbil and were warmly welcomed by their loved ones.
Dasinya can’t remember any of the people who were waiting for her arrival, she speaks Arabic and doesn’t know Kurdish and she knows little bit of Turkey. She has kept doing prayers forced by ISIS.
More than 2700 females and 1308 males who were kidnapped by ISIS are still held captive, indicating that there is a possibility of discovering more missing Yazidis. On the other hand, around 327,000 Yazidi people have been displaced since 2014 and reside in camps within Iraqi Kurdistan.
The rescue, after so many long years in captivity, “gives us hope that more can be found,” Nadia Murad said, appealing for international assistance to help in the search. Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani established an office to rescue the missing women and children. Murad credited Barzani with assisting with the rescue that was the result of weeks of investigation.
Together, we pray for the freedom of all missing Yezidis, their reunion with their families and loved ones.
Ps. The aforementioned name is borrowed and a picture of the family is attached to this email with their face blackened.
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