"I don't know if they are dead or alive: Iraqi father
Thursday, August 07, 2014 - 01:03
Around 150 Iraqis, most of them ethnic minority Yazidis fleeing the Sunni militant onslaught, find shelter in state residences in southeast Turkey after crossing the border. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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They have found refuge in Turkey.
With the Islamic State gaining more ground in Northern Iraq -- they ran for their lives.
Iraqi Yazidis -- followers of an ancient religion -- are considered "devil worshippers" by the Islamic State. Their beliefs are a death sentence.
Many are now left with painful memories of loss.
(SOUNDBITE) (Kurdish) DISPLACED IRAQI CITIZEN KHALED, SAYING:
"We have gone through a lot . Women and children are being killed. We cannot get help. I have four children and I don't know where they are. Two have disappeared and I don't know what happened to the other two. I don't know if they are dead or alive."
With thousands are still trapped in Iraq, Reuters footage appears to show Islamic State fighters in control of a check point at the border of Iraq's Kurdish region.
The black flag has been raised. The Kurdish flag: trampled on.. raising alarm bells in Baghdad and among regional powers.
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