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The following documentary from TV Libertés describes the plight of the Yazidis, who are caught between the Islamic State and the Turks. The Islamic State is intent on eradicating the Yazidis as a matter of Islamic doctrine, but for the Turks it’s just incidental to their regional ambitions. President Erdogan is systematic in his attempts to destroy the Kurdish separatist movement in Turkey as well as the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. From a Turkish point of view the Yazidis are just collateral damage — assuming the Turks even pay attention to such an inconsequential minority.

Many thanks to Oz-Rita for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

The Muslim extermination of the Yazidi people

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00:00ZAKHO The Martyrdom of the Yazidis
00:04Julien is taking us to the north of
00:08Kurdistan, to meet the Yazidis. If the Christians
00:12are victims of countless bloody and barbarian crimes,
00:16the Yazidis are victims of a real genocide.
00:20He will then cross the Iraqi-Turkish border,
00:24when we will show you hitherto unseen images.
00:28Long queues of petrol tankers coming from the Islamic State (ISIS)
00:32entering Turkey to be refined there.
00:36You have not seen these images in the aligned media
00:40because this oil feeds the Middle East
00:45and Europe.
00:49Zakho. In this pretty Kurdish bastion of 350,000 souls
00:53the atmosphere is serene and relaxed.
00:57I feel quickly at ease in Zakho, and yet…
01:01Zakho is between Turkey and ISIS;
01:05each is situated about 20 km from there.
01:09While Zakho is not immune from an attack
01:13by the jihadists, today it’s the Turkish missiles that hit the town and its environs.
01:17Istanbul accuses the PKK,
01:21the Kurdish separatist party, of being the spearhead
01:26in the fight against ISIS, fearing to see them come out of this conflict as the great victor.
01:30(WE ARE ALL PESHMERGAS) Yet the West has still not condemned these Turkish strikes in favor of
01:34the Islamic State, nor the recurrent violations of Iraq airspace.
01:46Zakho is home to a century-old Christian community
01:50that lives in peace with the Kurds, which has not always been the case. The number
01:54of these Christians has increased by three times since the jihadist offensive
01:58in the summer of 2014. Several hundred families
02:03have found refuge in the various facilities of the diocese.
02:07After the deaths, war and the atrocities,
02:11these families now must face inactivity, promiscuity
02:15and extreme precariousness.
02:19It’s at the “Christian Militia for local self-defense” that I meet with Abu Gassan
02:23“Daesh” = ISIS (Islamic State)
03:21It was very difficult to get my interviewees to explicitly
03:25give names on camera. Off camera
03:29it was mostly Turkey, the USA and Saudi Arabia who were accused of supporting
03:34the Islamic State. Obama, Erdogan and the big
03:38names of international finance.
03:42Right now I’m driving with Abu Gassan towards the refugee camp of the Yazidis of Zakho.
03:46Their Indo-Iranian dialect is unique and
03:50many centuries old. Being neither Muslim nor Arab,
03:54practicing Zoroastrianism, they worship the prophet Zarathustra
03:58which today earned them the status of victims of a genocide.
04:02They are descended from the ancient Aryans coming from the north
04:07of Europe 4,000 years ago. They do have physical features
04:11very unusual for that region, which makes the Yazidi women
04:15preferred sex slaves for the jihadists.
04:19All the Yazidi that I meet are refugees from the Mountain of
04:23Sinjar, their sacred mountain.
04:27We had to leave Sinjar when ISIS attacked the town
04:31They decapitated every Yazidi they found and raped every little girl they caught.
04:35We fled to the mountains where we stayed for a month.
04:39Many died from thirst.
04:43We were surrounded. We fought for one month.
04:47The Peshmerga broke the siege and the survivors were able to join this camp.
04:51I was evacuated by helicopter from the mountain by the Kurdish army on the last day.
04:55Thanks to the Kurdish we are alive, but
05:00there are few survivors and our lives are broken.
05:04We have always been very poor. Life here is not really different.
05:08I just want our sisters to be liberated.
05:12and that we can return to our village.
05:16I don’t think that they will be able to return home soon…
05:45The testimonies that I gather through my encounters
05:49are increasingly difficult to listen to. Sometimes it is very difficult
05:53to imagine what they had to endure.
05:57Mirza, father of a Yazidi family.
06:02Does he hope for a future for the Yazidi people in Iraq or elsewhere?
06:06All that I wish for is that Iraq may live in peace,
06:10that all the Muslims stop considering others as infidels.
06:18We want to live in peace but on our lands —
06:22the Christians, the Yazidis, the Muslims, the Shabaks, the Arabs
06:30But with ISIS there will never be peace.
06:35Before living in this camp I led a very comfortable life.
06:39I had a house, work, a car
06:43I lost everything to bring my family out in safety.
06:51When ISIS attacked Sinjar and began the massacre
06:59I lived in a village next to Sinjar
07:04a bit isolated, on the other side of the mountain.
07:08A friend came to warn us that ISIS had just taken Sinjar,
07:12and that the jihadists were already on their way to attack our village.
07:20We left everything and fled immediately.
07:24Three hours later we would have all been dead.
07:28When they arrived in Sinjar
07:32everyone tried to flee.
07:41Those who could not run fast enough were killed or abducted.
07:45Women and little girls are methodically raped.
07:49But men have their throats cut or are buried alive.
07:57Some are sold on the slave market;
08:01little girls fetch a higher price than adults.
08:30Zin, father of a Yazidi family.
08:34I come from Sinjar. When ISIS arrived in the town
08:38at 7 in the morning, we all left to run towards the desert.
08:47But many did not have time.
08:51My wife disappeared, I don’t know where she is.
08:55They killed my brother.
09:03They abducted his wife and his two girls
09:07Seven or eight other members of my family were killed.
09:20These two children (names unclear) are orphans. Their parents were captured
09:24and executed while the little ones were with their grandparents.
09:28A miracle. They massacre us because of our culture,
09:32which has always been pacifist.
09:36We are victims of a genocide.
09:40The West MUST hear us !
09:44Children endure the condition of refugee better than adults.
09:49They are still too young to understand
09:53what death means.
09:57What future for this people without land, a distant and mysterious reflection
10:01of our Indo-European civilisation. A people
10:05who elected to live in this region thousands of years before those who massacre them today.
10:22Yesterday they were the majority; today there are only 300,000
10:26survivors of them left: parked, uprooted, lost.
10:34The testimony of the last pagans of the Middle East sounds like
10:38a warning.
10:42The end of my time
10:46in Iraq comes at the Iraqi-Turkish border, towards which I am heading at present.
10:50Through the border post I’ll use
10:54passes, according to my Kurdish sources, the petrol of ISIS.
11:19And this is the Little Khabur River
11:23that separates Turkey, Syria and Iraq. To the left
11:27Is the Iraqi bank that I’m leaving and to the right, the right bank of Turkey that I’m joining.
11:36It is under the cover of night that the sordid dance begins.
11:40The Kurd who is with me
11:44points out the unmarked trucks: no name of any oil company.
11:48Neither colour nor logo on the tanks, and for good reason:
11:52This petrol does not belong to any company at present.
11:56It belongs to the Islamic State, and will soon be sold to a Turkish
12:01petroleum company. Once the black gold is laundered
12:05it will refuel Turkish and European vehicles.
12:09And the infra-red videos, taken by Russian aviation,
12:13confirm the facts: this is the same border post
12:17just a few days after my passage.
12:25Lucky not to have been there that night.
12:59A few moments later, luck is still on my side:
13:03Traffic is blocked.
13:07I am on a road on which an attack took place
13:11a few minutes before my passage.
13:15The next morning
13:19my voyage comes to an end.
13:23Iraq today is more torn than ever. While the jihadists
13:27have recently lost ground, a new conflict has already exploded:
13:32The Kurds and the Shiite government of Baghdad
13:36will fight, in blood, over the liberated territories.
13:40And between these two fires, it’s the minorities
13:44who will be, as always, the first victims of the carnage.