There has been no news from the 136 Turkmen
hostages who were kidnapped by jihadists in Tal Afar in Iraq more than three
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
has kept the hostages in Mosul for three months; however, there has been no
information for the past 10 days and their destination following Mosul is not
known. There are five-month-old babies among the 136 hostages, 74 of whom are
children and 62 of whom are women between 18 and 35-years-old.
“We have not been able to hear from our women
and children. Somebody should hear our plea,” said Kadriye Ziyai, the head of
Turkmen Women’s League.
The list of hostages was given to Turkey’s Prime
MinisterAhmet Davutoğluduring his visit to the
neighboring country in the second half of November.
“He [Davutoğlu] told us he would take care of
the matter. However, we haven’t heard from our women and children for 10 days,”
said Aydın Maruf Selim of the Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITC).
“I’m calling on humankind. There are
five-month-old babies among these hostages. The eldest child is 11-years-old. They
were being kept in Mosul, but they were taken somewhere else 10 days ago. We
don’t know their fate. Humanity should not remain silent to such a massacre.
ISIL militants are raising these children as future suicide bombers. They kill
those who are ill and useless for them,” Selim said. Tal Afar, a city of 200,000 located 420
kilometers (260 miles) northwest of Baghdad, is dominated by ethnic Turkmen,
who are bothSunniand
According to a recently released report by
Iraq’s Ministry of Displacement and Migration, around 6,000 Turkmen and Yazidis
have been killed in attacks by ISIL since June.
Around 5,000 Yazidis and 1,000 Turkmen have been
killed in ISIL attacks, said the same report, state-run Anadolu Agency reported
earlier this month.
The report puts the number of displaced people
at 1 million, including 400,000 Yazidis, and 600,000 Turkmen who have fled to