UN report says DAESH holds about 3,500 slaves in Iraq

DAESH terrorist organisation holds approximately 3,500 slaves in Iraq, according to UN report

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Civilians are pictured as they flee the violence in the city of Ramadi, Iraq on January 16, 2016

The United Nations in a report said on Tuesday that approximately 3,500 people, including women and children, in Iraq are believed to be held as slaves by DAESH terrorists who impose harsh acts marked by gruesome killings.

Approximately 3,500 people are “currently being held in slavery” by DAESH terrorist organisation, according to estimates by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the UN human rights office.

A joint report, issued in Geneva, stated that those being held are predominantly women and children primarily from the Yezidi community, while the rest are from other ethnic minority groups.

The report outlined that the UN had information regarding the abduction of almost 900 children for the purpose of military training, while the killings mentioned included beheading, bulldozing, burning civilians alive and throwing people off buildings.

“The figures capture those who were killed or maimed by overt violence, but countless others have died from the lack of access to basic goods such as food, water or medical care.”

The “horror” that Iraqi refugees faced while attempting to escape as they fled to Europe and other regions was also described in the report.

TRTWorld, Reuters