Displaced Yezidi Still Stuck on Mt Sinjar

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Nearly a year after they were forced to flee to Mount Sinjar following an attack by Islamic State militants on their villages, thousands of Yezidi refugees still remain on the mountain, despite a lack of water, food, and housing.

Almost all food and water has to be hauled up from the plains and the displaced are reduced to eating bred and some vegetables, though some families managed to rescue and bring their animals with them, providing them with milk and occasionally meat.

Some say they are unwilling to go to the official IDP camps in the north as they have relatives fighting with Kurdish forces against IS and don't want to abandon them. Others say they simply don't want to live in the camps and prefer it on the mountain, close to their ancestral land, despite the difficulties they face here.

Many still have relatives missing, too, as IS took thousands of women and children as hostage, many of whom are understood to be kept in sexual slavery.

Shotlist

  1. 1. Yezidi kid playing in camp on Mt Sinjar 2-4. Various of camp from outside 5-14. Various of inside camp 15. SOUNDBITE, Khare Hassan 16-17. Cutaways, old Yezidi man inside tent 18. SOUNDBITE, Khare Hassan 19-22. Cutaways, various of inside tent 23. Kid leaves tent 24. Man and women sit outside another tent 25. SOUNDBITE, Sefa Ismail 26. Cutaway, woman with child 27. SOUNDBITE, Sefa Ismail 28. Yezidi sitting under tarp 29. SOUNDBITE, Sefa Ismail 30. Wide of Sefa Ismail from behind 31. Broken car parked in camp 32. Wide of tent with water tank
  2. Nearly a year after they were forced to flee to Mr Sinjar following an attack by Islamic State militants on their villages, thousands of Yezidi refugees still remain on the mountain, despite a lack of water, food, and housing. Almost all food and water has to be hauled up from the plains and the displaced are reduced to eating bred and some vegetables, though some families managed to rescue and bring their animals with them, providing them with milk and occasionally meat. Some say they are unwilling to go to the official IDP camps in the north as they have relatives fighting with Kurdish forces against IS and don't want to abandon them. Others say they simply don't want to live in the camps and prefer it on the mountain, close to their ancestral land, despite the difficulties they face here. Many still have relatives missing, too, as IS took thousands of women and children as hostage, many of whom are understood to be kept in sexual slavery.

Script

  1. soundbite (Kurdish)
    Khare Hassan: We dont have anything, it’s only this tent. There is a shortage of food, mattrases, life needs in general. And all of us are jobless, there is no work, nothing.
  2. soundbite (Kurdish)
    Khare Hassan: We cannot go there (to the camps). We are here and some of us are fighting.. up to 20-30 of us are on the slopes of the villages fighting. From each family there is at least one man fighting, doing his duty to defend his land and sacred things. That is why we cannot go to the camps.
  3. soundbite (Kurdish)
    Sefa Ismail: We sometimes used to talk with (the hostages) but then they got cut off and now we don’t know what’s happening with them.
  4. soundbite (Kurdish)
    Sefa Ismail: I just want the government to recapture our houses. Apart from that we don’t need anything.
  5. soundbite (Kurdish)
    Sefa Ismail: We are very worried about our hostages. Even if we were dying we’d still be thinking about them. We won’t forget them.