Yazidi Iraqi MP Vian Dakhil recounted some of the atrocities perpetrated by ISIS against Yazidis and said: "The question that we keep asking is: Why?" Both Dakhil and the Extra News TV interviewer cried in the course of the June 2 interview, in which she said that some 6,900 Yazidi women, girls, and young boys and girls had been kidnapped by ISIS, and that boys aged 4-10 had been snatched from their mothers and were brainwashed into carrying out suicide attacks.
Interviewer: "Can we estimate the number of Yazidi prisoners currently held by ISIS?"
Vian Dakhil: "We must not call them 'prisoners,' because prisoners have certain rights, according to international conventions."
Interviewer: "You want to call them 'kidnapped.'"
Vian Dakhil: "Kidnapped women. These women were kidnapped by ISIS, and they are sold and bought by them. A woman who is treated like a commodity is not a prisoner, but a kidnapped woman. They violate her, sell her, buy her, and torture her. Since the beginning of the tragedy, we are talking about approximately 6,900 kidnapped women, girls, and small children, boys and girls alike. The men and teenage boys are killed.
"We have another problem, which constitutes a real disaster. ISIS has snatched young boys, aged four to ten, from their mothers. They incarcerate them in training camps where they have been brainwashed. They have taught them how to use weapons and how to kill, turning them into terrorists, who are now perpetrating terrorist attacks. After two and a half years, some of them have even forgotten their own language and their name, and have forgotten what family they are from. They have become prisoners of this organization and its terrorist ideology. About a week ago, ISIS published, on one of its websites, a terrorist attack by two 11-year-old Yazidi brothers. They blew themselves up on the Left Bank of Mosul.
"They carried out this attack, and they were filmed as they blew themselves up. They said: 'Even if our parents were here, we would have blown them up, because people who do not join the Islamic State are infidels.'
"ISIS members call us and offer to sell us [Yazidi girls]. One may call and say that he holds a certain girl and wants to sell her. They call the girl's family, and we buy her. I apologize for using this word..."
Interviewer: "You pay the ransom."
Vian Dakhil: "No. We buy them. We must call a spade a spade: We, the Yazidis, in the 21st century, buy our daughters and our women.
"One of the women whom we managed to retrieve from ISIS said that she was held in a cellar for three days, without food or anything. Afterwards, they brought her a plate of rice and meat. She ate the food because she was very hungry. When she finished, they said to her: We cooked your one-year-old son that we took from you, and this is what you just ate.
"One of the girls said that they took six of her sisters. Her youngest sister, a ten-year-old girl, was raped to death in front of her father and sisters. She was ten years old. The question that we keep asking is: 'Why?' Why did these savages do this to us?"