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IRAQ: Some members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority are turning on their Arab neighbours, staging deadly reprisals against Sunni villagers they believe collaborated in atrocities inflicted by Islamic State on their community.
With the recapture of lands once controlled by ISIS, the Yazidis are slowly returning with vengeance in the minds.
During the period under ISIS, many Yazidis were brutally murdered in unimaginable ways with their women and children raped and sold as slaves. Now it is their turn to even the score. More than a dozen Sunni Arab residents told Reuters that armed groups of Yazidis raided four of their villages in Sinjar two weeks ago, killing at least 21 people. A further 17 went missing.
But the reprisals are exposing how Islamic State’s incursion has created divisions between communities that had coexisted for decades, turning one village against another and making enemies of former friends. They also show the risk of similar violence when other groups displaced by Islamic State, such as Shi’ite Turkmen and Shabak, Christians and Kakais, are able to return home.
A political scientist we spoke to said that the region would never be the same again.
“Somebody, perhaps the UN need to reboot the region,” he said.
“New boundaries need to be drawn and new countries need to be created,” he added.