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Iraqi Yazidis stranded on isolated mountaintop begin to die of thirst

An incredibly depressing story from the war in Iraq

Stranded on a barren mountaintop, thousands of minority Iraqis are faced with a bleak choice: descend and risk slaughter at the hands of the encircled Sunni extremists or sit tight and risk dying of thirst.

Humanitarian agencies said Tuesday that between 10,000 and 40,000 civilians remain trapped on Mount Sinjar since being driven out of surrounding villages and the town of Sinjar two days earlier. But the mountain that had looked like a refuge is becoming a graveyard for their children.

Unable to dig deep into the rocky mountainside, displaced families said they have buried young and elderly victims of the harsh conditions in shallow graves, their bodies covered with stones. Iraqi government planes attempted to airdrop bottled water to the mountain on Monday night but reached few of those marooned.

One Comment

  1. Erin Wilson says:

    It’s heart-breaking to live here and not be able to do a thing for them. The Yezidis who made their way to Kurdish town are getting relief aid. But those on the mountain…

    During and after the Rwandan genocide, I wondered how genocide can happen in such a connected world. I know now.

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