Hundreds of women from the Yazidi religious minority in Iraq have been taken captive to be sold or married off to extremist fighters, according to the spokesman for Iraq’s Human Rights Ministry, Kamil Amin.
"We think that these women are going to be used in demeaning ways by those terrorists to satisfy their animalistic urges in a way that contradicts all the human and Islamic values," says Amin.
About 50,000 Yazidis — half of them children, according to U.N. figures — fled to the mountains outside Sinjar where many of them remain trapped, and are running out of food and water. Late Thursday, the U.S. military cargo jets dropped humanitarian aid to the mountain.
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