A few of the kids have forgotten that they’re Yazidi.
Mr. Hussein is aware of from his son, who isn’t being recognized for his personal security, that he’s being compelled to work in development for about $1 a day.
However with out the $9,000 the captors are demanding for every of his six family members, Mr. Hussein doesn’t know tips on how to deliver his family members residence.
Since he first made re-established contact with the kid in the summertime of 2020, Mr. Hussein mentioned he scraped collectively $600 for one cost to the captor and $1,200 for an additional. However that was not sufficient to free the boy, and it was not even sufficient to allow his son to maintain sending him messages.
Just lately, Mr. Hussein mentioned, the kidnapper contacted him once more.
“Per week in the past, I used to be speaking by way of Fb to the man holding them, and he instructed me, ‘If you wish to speak to the youngsters, it’s essential to pay me $300 for every time,’” Mr. Hussein mentioned. “I instructed him I can’t afford that, however let’s keep in contact.”
Mr. Hussein now depends on support organizations to outlive in a camp on Sinjar Mountain, the place he moved his household after a hearth raced by way of the bigger camp the place they lived within the Kurdistan area.
“I didn’t need what remained of my household to burn,” he mentioned.
He mentioned three of his sons have been captured by ISIS in 2014. A yr later, he managed to borrow cash to purchase the liberty of his youngest son, captured when he was a toddler together with 5 different family members who had been taken to Syria after which to neighboring Turkey. Mr. Hussein mentioned his household paid $30,000 for all six of them and picked up their family members on the Iraqi-Turkish border.
From 2015 till 2020, he didn’t know the destiny of his different two sons. In the summertime of 2020, he realized it from different family members nonetheless held captive.