Mostafa Nabo, the co-chair of "Yaizdis Union in Afrin" confirmed that the number of the remaining Yazidis inside Afrin after the control of the Turkish military and its backed armed groups, are about 7,000 people, and they suffer from the threats and persecution, in addition to coercion to adopt Islam.
In a statement to North-Press, Mostafa Nabo said: "There is no any accurate statistics about the number of the Yazidis in Syria, but they have been distributed in 22 villages in Afrin. According to unofficial statistics, the number of the Yazidis in Afrin reached to about 25,000, and according to the estimates, the remaining number inside Afrin are about 7,000 people.”
Nabo stated with the start of the Turkish military invasion along with its affiliated armed groups of Afrin, "They started threatening the Yazidis with killing, slaughtering and capturing. When they entered the Yazidis' villages, they destroyed their shrines and tried to force the Yazidis to leave their religion and adopt Islam and imposed the Islamic wear on the Yazidi girls, in attempt by the jihadist groups to impose the extreme culture and ideology.”
He added these armed groups which control Afrin are the same as the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS), which violated the rights of the Yazidis in Sinjar (Shengal).
Nabo assured that their Union documents the violations against those who remain inside Afrin, saying: "We get the documents in difficult manners due to the state of oppression and fear imposed on those who stayed inside Afrin, as they are subjected to beating and imprison in case of recognizing their communication with the documentary and legal organizations, in order to prevent them from reporting what is happening inside Afrin.”
According to the documentation of Yazidis Union, since the Turkish control over Afrin, 17 Yazidi people lost their lives. The co-chair of the Union mentioned that, "among the victims are Abdo Hamo Fuad Naser and Fuad Hesso Naser from the village of Qibar, in addition to Omar Mamo Shamo from the village of Qibar who was beaten after he had refused to adopt Islam.”
Regarding their coercion to adopt Islam, Nabo assured that members of "Faylaq al-Sham", a Turkish-backed militia and controlling the Yazidi village of Basofan in Sherawa district, forced the children to go to the mosques to learn the Islamic rituals and to read Quran.
"We have documented 30 cases of kidnapping with the aim of paying ransom, the kidnapped families were being extorted and some of them paid ransoms reached to 3,000,000 SYP,” he said.
He noted that there are 3 kidnapped people, where their fate is still unknown, they are: Juan Said Rash from the village of Qibar, Hassan Darwish Shamo from the village of Qibar and Adoula Hamid Safar.
He pointed the armed groups have destroyed 8 religious shrines and mocked on people who were visiting them, saying: "The Turkish army took control over the biggest Yazidi shrine in Syria, located atop of Sheikh-Barakat Mountain, which was transferred into a military point by the Turkish army after they destroyed the religious ruins.”
Nabo said that the displaced Yazidis in the areas of northern countryside of Aleppo have been prohibited from doing their religious rituals in the shrines.
He appealed the human rights organizations and the international community to intervene and to do their humane and historical duty towards the Yazidi people, regarding their protection and the protection of their region from the extremist armed groups which are controlling their villages and their region.