Yazidi member of Iraqi parliament describes IS atrocities

Vian Dakhil is the only Yazidi lawmaker in the Iraqi Parliament (Screen grab).

A Yazidi member of the Iraqi parliament, Vian Dakhil said that Islamic State fighters committed unspeakable atrocities against Yazidis in Iraq, including tricking one woman into eating her own child.

In an interview with a television show ‘Very Personal’ on Egyptian channel CBC Extra News, Dakhil said that a woman was starved for days by Islamic State (IS) before being served a plate of rice and meat, only to later find out it was her own son.

Dakhil, wiping away tears, also claimed that a 10-year-old girl was raped to death in front of her father and siblings.

The parliamentarian hit world headlines in August 2014 when she broke down in tears in Iraq’s parliament as she desperately pleaded for help for the religious minority under attack by Islamic State militants in Shingal, northern Iraq, home to about 400,000 Yazidis.

The Shingal massacre began when IS attacked and captured Shingal and neighbouring towns in Iraqi Kurdistan on 3 August 2014. While 9,900 were murdered or captured, about 40,000 fled to the Shingal mountains.

Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighters eventually arrived in the area helping thousands of Yazidis by opening up a safety corridor.

Last month, the United Nations claimed that the militants are still holding about 3,400 girls as sex slaves and 1,000 children, despite global condemnation for the campaign of rape and murder.

The UN has called the displacement and killing of the Yazidis a genocide.