"'We passed dead people on the way,' said Barakat Ghanem Hassan, 75, who walked for two days with his wife and their 3-year-old grandson, Ayman. The boy, who became sick on the journey and lay limply on the ground, his lips cracked from dehydration, was separated from his parents in the scramble to flee the advancing militants. Hassan does not know whether they survived."
Cross-posted from Mike Malloy
Thousands of Yazidis trapped in the Sinjar mountains as they tried to escape from Islamic State forces, are rescued by Kurdish peshmerga forces.
(image by Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Where to begin? It's a new week, new school year, and the world is collapsing all around us. It gets difficult, Truthseeker, to shop for backpacks and pencils when children are dying on mountain tops in Iraq or buried under explosion debris in Gaza. And another young, unarmed black man is killed by police, this time in Missouri.
The humanitarian crisis on that mountain in Iraq is entering a second week. Some persecuted Yazidis are now escaping the mountain and are seeking safety in nearby villages, but thousands more remain stranded. While US airstrikes may have allowed this minor exodus, airdrops of food and water missed their mark.
The Washington Post has the grim details:
"Burned by the sun, blistered with thirst and weak from exhaustion, thousands of Yazidis on Sunday fled the mountain on which they had been trapped for a week, streaming into Iraq's northern Kurdistan region after a harrowing escape from extremist fighters that some said was aided by U.S. airstrikes.
"Hungry, thirsty and tired, they limped across a narrow bridge spanning the Tigris on the Iraqi-Syrian border hauling their few belongings, some of them barefoot, others in sleeping clothes because they ran for their lives at night. It was the last leg of a nightmarish journey that some have not survived -- and many more may not."Thousands are still stranded on the mountain, either because they are surrounded in their villages by militants with the Islamic State or are simply too weak to walk, according to those arriving in the remote Iraqi border post of Fishkhabour. Others have died trying to reach safety, falling by the wayside on the barren, rocky mountain for lack of food and water.
Shortly after Dim Son's Iraq invasion, Bush-the-lessor gaffed that "it will take time to restore chaos ..." This may have been the most honest statement Raisin Brain ever stuttered. But it didn't take very long at all, sorry to say, for the chaos to reign supreme.
And just today Nouri al-Maliki, the puppet/partner we installed following the removal of our former puppet/partner Saddam Hussein, has just been forcibly ousted as Prime Minister and replaced by Haider al-Abadi.
The Washington Post continues...
"President Fouad Massoum called on Abadi, a member of Maliki's ruling party and the deputy speaker of parliament, to form a new government.
"Maliki has been standing his ground despite mounting pressure from domestic opponents and the Obama administration for him to step aside. He has been widely blamed for the growth of an insurgency by Sunni Muslim extremists that has ravaged the country.
"But the security situation in the capital remained tense as Maliki refused to give up his fight. He appeared on television Monday evening flanked by 29 supportive members of the 328-seat parliament.
"Maliki did not speak during the appearance, but the group announced that it would fight the appointment of Abadi and that it reserved the right to sue anyone who violates the constitution."
Good luck with that new government. Smells like chaos, doesn't it, Truthseeker?