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Ezidi woman found in Deir Ezzor years after abducted by ISIS in Sinjar

  2021-07-19  | 
 Zhyan News Network
The 25-years-old girl Zere Mato Shivan is seen in a file photo who was kidnapped by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Tel Qassab village in Sinajr district, Nineveh, Iraq in 2014.
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – An Ezidi woman was found in Deir Ezzor province in northeast of Syria, years after she was abducted by Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Tel Qassab village in Sinjar district during the militant group’s rampage in 2014, a source said on Monday (July 19).

The 25-years-old girl Zere Mato Shivan is in the custody of the Ezidi Home office in Jazira Region after she was found in Deir Ezzor in coordination with the Kurdish local security forces known as Asayish, one of his relatives, who asked not to be named, told Zhyan News Network.

She is supposed to be repatriated to her place of origin in Sinjar district in the near future, the source added. 

On August 3, 2014, ISIS swept through Sinjar district and its countryside, the main Ezidi homeland, and launched a genocidal campaign against the minority group.

90 percent of the Sinjar’s residents fled to the safe shelters to the Kurdistan Region, including thousands who were forced to climb up to the nearby mountain range on foot. Over the following hours and days, thousands of Ezidis were killed, and over 6,400 others were abducted.

The fate of more than 3,000 is still unaccounted for.

More than 80 mass graves have been discovered since the fall of the ISIS militant group in and around Sinjar.

“I am able to announce that based upon independent and impartial investigations, complying with international standards and UN best practice, there is clear and convincing evidence that the crimes against the Yazidi people clearly constituted genocide,” head of the UN Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh (UNITAD) Karim Khan said in May 2021. 

The Netherlands and Belgium have recently recognized the Ezidi genocide.

(Zhyan English)