"We never wanted to come here" says young Iraqi refugee
Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 01:34
Iraqi children, displaced by the siege of Mount Sinjar by Islamic State militants, speak of the lives they left behind. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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These are some of the latest victims... Iraqi refugees in Kurdistan, hiding from Islamic State militants who consider these young Yazidis to be "devil worshippers".
They're collecting whatever food they can from this UN agency, to share with their loved ones.
...Families who fled Mount Sinjar and the threat of being killed by radical Islamists.
(SOUNDBITE) (Kurdish) DISPLACED IRAQI BOY, FALEH, SAYING AS HE CRIES:
"We escaped from the land of my grandfather. It was a nice place in the village. We now have to be homeless here and we left our homes behind. We had no problems before, our house was very nice, we never wanted to come here."
The UN says many children show up here traumatized, exhausted, hungry and thirsty.
Fleeing was the only option
Just on Saturday, Islamic State insurgents "massacred" some 80 members of the Yazidi minority in a village in the country's north.
And the militants are seizing territory as they push further north, and towards Baghdad.
This Iraqi girl lists the friends she left behind:
(SOUNDBITE) (Kurdish) DISPLACED IRAQI GIRL, RANDA, LISTING THE NAMES OF FRIENDS SHE LEFT BEHIND, SAYING:
"Dilnaz, Silivan, Avin, Amina, Mayran, Silivan."
These children represent a fraction of the more than one million Iraqis displaced inside their own country.
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