2021-10-03 13:30:07 3,000 Yazidis Are Still Missing. Their Families Know Where Some of Them Are.
3,000 Yazidis Are Still Missing. Their Families Know Where Some of Them Are.
Some of the children have lost sight of the fact that they are Yazidi.
Mr. Hussein has learned from his son, who will not be identified for his own safety, that he is being forced to work in construction for about $1 per day.
Mr. Hussein, on the other hand, is at a loss as to how to bring his loved ones home without the $9,000 the kidnappers are demanding for each of his six relatives.
Mr. Hussein said he scraped together $600 for one payment to the captor and $1,200 for another since re-establishing contact with the child in the summer of 2020. But that wasn’t enough to set the boy free, and it wasn’t even enough to allow his son to continue sending him messages.
According to Mr. Hussein, the kidnapper recently contacted him again.
“A week ago, I was talking to the guy holding them on Facebook, and he said, ‘If you want to talk to the kids, you need to pay me $300 for each time,’” Mr. Hussein explained. “I told him I couldn’t afford it, but we’d keep in touch.”
Mr. Hussein is now reliant on aid organizations to survive in a camp on Sinjar Mountain, where he relocated his family after a fire ravaged the larger camp where they were living in the Kurdistan region.
“I didn’t want what was left of my family to burn,” he explained.
He claimed that ISIS kidnapped three of his sons in 2014. A year later, he was able to borrow money to secure the release of his youngest son, who had been kidnapped as a toddler along with five other relatives and taken to Syria and then to neighboring Turkey. Mr. Hussein stated that his family paid $30,000 for all six of them and met them at the Iraqi-Turkish border.
He didn’t know what happened to his other two sons from 2015 to 2020. He found out in the summer of 2020 from other relatives who were still imprisoned.