Yazidis left to their fate in Iraq: ‘The world has forgotten us’

The woman MP from the threatened Yazidi minority who attracted the world’s attention to her people’s plight a year ago with a tear-filled plea to the Iraqi parliament to save them has accused the world of now abandoning them to their fate.

In an interview with The Telegraph to mark the anniversary of the killings by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant of thousands of Yazidis around their historic homeland of Mount Sinjar, and the capture and mass rape of their women, Vian Dakhil said refugees were being forced to sell their few possessions to buy back girls from the group’s “slave markets”.

But thousands of women, girls and children remain captive, despite the aerial bombardment of Isil positions by the US-led coalition, including Britain.