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Only few Yazidi women kidnapped by IS freed - Iraqi MP

By Mokhles Khoshnaw

IRBIL, Dec 18 (KUNA) -- Still there are about 3,640 Yazidis, mainly women and children, held by the so-called Islamic State (IS) after the militant group abducted thousands of them earlier, said Iraqi MP Vian Dakhil.
Only 20 to 30 of the women and children captured by the IS have been freed since the launch of the military campaign to liberate the Nineveh Governorate from IS two months ago, Dakhil said in an exclusive statement to KUNA Sunday.
The women who survived IS captivity, totaling about 2,700 so far, are in dire need for psychological and spiritual rehabilitation programs, hopefully to reemerge them in the society and normal life, she said.
Dakhil expressed hope that the ongoing liberation campaign would lead to freeing all those snatched by the group.
She urged the State of Kuwait, and all other friends, to offer further support to help those in custody be released.
As the military operation, took off, there were hopes to free as many as possible of the abducted women, but it seems IS has moved them to other places, may be in Syria, Dakhil said.
The Yazidi MP of Kurdistan Alliance received the Bruno Kreisky Award for Human Rights for 2015 in Vienna.
Kuwait has recently started a project to support education of the displaced Iraqis in Irbil providing 20,000 schools bags, and huge amounts of stationery.
His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has received Yazidi Nadia Murad who survived IS two-year captivity, showing Kuwait's solidarity with Iraqis, especially Yazidis, in their dilemma. (end) sbr.msa