Athens, December 31, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
A call to make her voice heard in Europe, so that the international community would learn of the atrocities committed by the jihadists of the Islamic State, addressed from the Presidential Palace in Athens the woman-symbol in the fight against ISIS, the Yazidi, Nadia Murad Basset Taha, in a meeting with the Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.
“As we speak there are 3,400 people detained and they are Syrians and Iraqis. 40 percent of the areas we inhabit are is still enslaved under these forces. Even in the places that have been freed, my people do not want to return because they have been completely destroyed and razed. I urge you to carry my voice to the European Union because, despite the end of this year, thousands of women and young children continue to be held hostages. What we ask is for the rest of our territory to be freed and for the women and children to be free to return to Syria and Iraq, to the territories in which we lived”, she said.
Nadia Murad Basset Taha remained captive for months in the hands of the jihadists.
“I had the good fortune to escape from the forces of Daesh (ISIS) among the thousands of girls who had been abducted. The Daesh (ISIS) attacked on March 3, 2014. They killed the men and took the children. They took them in their camps, in their bases in Mosul and elsewhere in Syria and led us to the warriors at various points. Every day we were sold to men of the Daesh either of Syria or Iraq”, she said.
“I did not stay long, I stayed three months, but I was taken by more than a dozen fighters or warriors, rebels of Daesh. They took my brothers, killed my colleagues, and held me captive. One year has passed since then, but these acts continue to this day, to the detriment of many minorities”, she added.
“Through your personal nightmare and your personal Golgotha during the horrible genocide of Yazidi, you have emerged – and you know this – as a modern symbol of brave defence of the value and dignity of Man”, emphasised on his part the President of Republic, underlining:
“From here, Greece, the birthplace of Democracy and Culture, we are sending together in every direction, and in particular to the rest of the European Union, the message that the heart of modern democracy and modern civilisation is the Man, and this is who we should be defend. The brutal criminals of Daesh, with their crimes including the genocide the Yazidi, are for us enemies of Democracy and Civilisation and are committing crimes against Humanity. And as such they should be dealt with promptly and efficiently. Always carry this message everywhere, until the crime stops.
“You should know that Greece and the Greek people, who have faced many hardships in the past, will be here, always present in this fight”.
The meeting was attended by the Iraqi businessman Awn Al Khashlok, who lives in Greece and “bought” the freedom of 100 girls who were kidnapped by the forces of the Islamic State, as well as the doctor Athanasios Manolis.
The 21 year old Nadia Murad Basset Taha was kidnapped in August 2014 by members of the Islamic State that invaded her village in Iraq, who executed all the men and transported the women and children in Mosul, where they were exchanged as “gifts” among the terrorists. A few days later she was tortured, tried to escape but was arrested. Finally, after three months, he managed to escape. She fled to Germany, where she was given medical treatment and care.
On December 16 she was presented before the UN Security Council, where she narrated in detail the horrific experiences she had suffered for three months in the hands of jihadists, calling these attacks against her community as of a targeted “genocide”. At the same time, she requested the UN to assist the thousands of women and children who remain prisoners of the Islamic State.
The 21 year old belongs to the Kurdish ethno-religious minority with Hindu-Iranian roots, the “Yazidi”, who live in the province of Nineveh in northern Iraq, but there are other communities in Transcaucasia, Armenia, Turkey and Syria. Since the early 1990s a large number of them have emigrated to Europe, mainly Germany.
Their religion is considered a theological amalgam of local Kurdish beliefs, containing Zoroastrian and Islamic elements. The majority of the population, which counts half a million, remains displaced in camps in northern Iraq.