Nearly 3,000 abducted Ezidis still missing: official

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Coordinator for international Advocacy Dindar Zebari

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SULAIMANI — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Coordinator for International Advocacy Dindar Zebari said on Sunday (May 12) that 2,913 out of the 6,284 Ezidis who were abducted by Islamic State (ISIS) militants remain missing.

He also said that unstable conditions in Sinjar made it difficult for people to return there permanently.

“800 families have returned to the refugee camps in Duhok after the arrival of the Hashd al-Shaabi [Popular Mobilization forces], the presence of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), and conflicts in the area,” he said.

ISIS attacked Sinjar in August 2014, killing thousands of Ezidis and abducting thousands more. Many of the women that were taken were raped and sold into sexual slavery.

(NRT Digital Media)

*Correction: The previous version of this article reported nearly 4,000 and 3,913 Ezidis. It is corrected to nearly 3,000 and 2,913 Ezidis.