Ezidi 24 – Tahseen Alhaskany
The third of August 2014 carries with it many tragic stories and tales that narrate the reality that the Shanjal families lived during the attack of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS) on the Shingal district and its affiliated areas.
“On that fateful day, I was with my family in our small farm – about 7 km north of Al-Qahtaniyah sub_district – I was with my father, my mother, three of my siblings, the family of my older brother and some of our relatives, where our number was about 150 people. At ten o’clock in the morning the terrorist organization ISIS arrived at the main street, which was about 50 meters away from our farm, started shooting randomly at people, and as a result, more than 50 people were killed, those who did not have cars to go towards the mountain, and the rest were kidnapped by the ISIS’ members, except a few of us.” Sultan told Ezidi24
He also said, “After my people were exterminated, we – the rest – headed towards the mountain. We were saved from the extermination because we were young and the vehicles were not enough to carry all of us.”
After opening a safe passage from Shingal to Syria, Sultan and the rest of the survivors headed towards the Kurdistan Region through this passage and settled in one of the camps, and in the first years of the extermination, Sultan – with the support of the charities – was able to free three of his sisters from the hands of ISIS,” According to his speech.
“Sultan was able to get his father’s legacy among the community and now he is the head of a family. He lived his whole life in difficulties and yet he did not give in to the hardships of life.”
“During the period of immigration to Europe, he was able to help most of his surviving family members who were liberated from ISIS to emigrate to Australia for the purpose of treatment and a better life, as all of them were exposed to the most heinous crimes and were suffering from psychological and physical trauma.” Sultan said while telling his story to “Ezidi 24”
Sultan concluded his speech by saying, “I could have traveled like others to a European country, but I stayed with my grandmother and she was my only concern because she was the only one who stayed with me from my family because all our family members left her in a torn tent (some of them were killed by ISIS and Some of them immigrated)”.
Sultan is trying now to live with his tragedy, as he is the only man left in the family that was wronged in wars and lost all its men except him, who is young but big-minded with his actions and words.”
Sultan was 15 years old when he lost most of his family members on August 3, 2014