A Yazidi community member has shared a gruesome story where one mother captured by the Islamic State terror group was told she ate the meat of her own toddler. The Yazidis have been speaking out about the atrocities they continue suffer at the hands of IS, and have criticized President Obama for not doing enough to help them.
Vian Dakhil spoke with Politico on Wednesday and explained that as many as 2,200 Yazidi women and girls have been kidnapped by IS and are being used a sex slaves. Another 420,000 Yazidis are living in refugee camps, which includes thousands of orphans who have no home.
Dakhil shared one particularly horrifying story, where IS fighters forced a starving mother to eat the meat of her own child, or at least told her so.
"One of the mothers calls me … she said 'for two days the ISIS doesn't give me any food' and they separated her children. One of them is 3 years and another is 5 years, after two days they give her rice with meat. After she's eating, she tell her this is your boy — 3 years," Dakhil said.
"She tells me please, I can't, I don't know what can I do — I'm eating my son. This is what happened with those woman under ISIS control and nobody cares."
Another mother was forced to watch her 9-year-old daughter being raped to death, Dakhil shared in a separate account.
Yazidis, Christians, and other minorities have suffered greatly under the rule of the self-proclaimed Islamic Caliphate, which has captured signification territory across Iraq and Syria.
The U.S. and a broad coalition of international allies have been hitting IS targets with airstrikes. One large rescue operation back in August 2014 saved thousands of Iraqi Yazidis who were trapped on a mountainside being pursued by IS fighters.
Dakhil said that despite the humanitarian effort back then, many Yazidis now feel abandoned by the U.S. government. She said that letters to the White House pleading for more support have gone unanswered.
Dakhil and her sister, Deelan Dakhil, are looking to set up a U.S.-based charitable foundation to raise money for Yazidi refugees.
Another Yazidi woman said in a CNN report earlier this week that hundreds of women and girls are committing suicide rather than be subjected to sex slavery by the jihadists.
"We just want them to be rescued," Ameena Saeed Hasan said. "Hundreds of girls have committed suicide.
"I have some pictures of the girls who have committed suicide ... when they lose hope for rescue and when ISIS many times sell them and rape them ... I think there is maybe 100. We lost contact with most of them," she added.