>> Many had never heard of the Yazidis until they became the victims of Islamic State. The tiny religious sect whose beliefs combine elements of several ancient middle eastern religions were overrun in Northern Iraq in 2014 in the town of Sinjar. A UN report warns Thursday that the militants are committing genocide against the Yazidis in Syria and Iraq.
Investigators say IS is trying to destroy the group.>> From the day of the attack on Sinjar until today, ISIS has vehemently sought to erase the Yazidis through killings, sexual slavery, enslavement, torture and inhuman and degrading treatment and foprcible transfer.>> Reuters correspondent Emily Whither traveled to Northern Iraq last month and heard first time the horrors of life under the Islamic State.
>> I spoke to Yazidis who have managed to smuggle themselves out from Islamic State territory. One woman I spoke to who managed to escape with her two sons, told me how she was sold in a sort of slave market where women were essentially paraded in front of fighters like they were in some kind of fashion show.
She was passed around, raped and beaten by at least 14 different men. She said that she saw girls as young as eight forced to marry and her two sons, she says were indoctrinated by Islamic State fighters and trained. So much so that actually her younger son didn't want to leave when the opportunity came up.
Her story was very similar to many others that I heard within the community.>> The independent commissioners behind the reporter urging major powers to rescue at least 3200 women and children still held by Islamic State. They want the world to act fast before a whole people is erased.