Despite taking a bullet to his left shoulder, and bullet fragments to his hip and knee, Murat survived the massacre and was able reach Mount Sinjar where the rest of his people had fled.

How One Man Survived an ISIS Massacre

When ISIS fighters took over his Kurdistan village, Said Marat was rounded up to be executed. Miraculously, he made it out alive

ZAKHO, IRAQI KURDISTAN—Said Murat knew something was wrong when the ISIS militants who had taken control of his Kurdistan village ordered people into male and female groups. But he really got scared when the pickup trucks that were supposed to take them to nearby Mount Sinjar were instead driven to an irrigation pool at the edge of the village.

Said Murat, one of the survivors of a massacre in the Kurdistan village of Kocho, where ISIS militants allegedly murdered hundreds of Yazidi men in August.

“They had gathered us once and they told us to convert to Islam,” he tells me two weeks later in a hospital in the northern Iraqi town of Zakho. “But when we refused, they said there was no problem and we wouldn’t be harmed.”

But the militants were lying. After Kurdish forces, running out of ammunition, withdrew from the Sinjar area in the beginning of August, fighters with the extremist Islamic State, commonly called ISIS, moved in to take control of the minority Yazidi villages. They came with a plan of extermination.

“On Aug. 15 they informed us that we would be transported to Mount Sinjar by cars,” says the 22-year-old from the village of Kocho. “We said fine. They gathered us in the school building and ordered us to separate into two groups: women and men over the age of 12. The men were driven away in two trucks, group by group.”

Said Murat was in a group of about 30 men. “They took us to the northwestern edge of the village where there were some irrigation pools that were used by the nearby farms,” he recalls. “These pools had no water in them at the time. They ordered us to get into them and lie down, and then between 10 to 12 fighters opened fire at us.”

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  • Horrible news all around the world and more is to come. All these are precursor of something more. What is great and dreadful day of the LORD mentioned Joel 2:31? Should we be excited in great and dreadful day of the LORD? Woe to you who long for the day of the LORD!Why do you long for the day of the LORD?That day will be darkness, not light.Amos 5:18 (NIV) The people of the world, the religions and the scholars wait for this day. They say that it will be the beginning of the return of Jesus. Contrary to their expectations, it will be a day of uncertainty.  Why? It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear,as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wallonly to have a snake bite him.Amos 5:19 (NIV) It will be a day of peril, not a day of gladness that everyone is expecting. It will be a day of danger. If such a day is coming, how can people be saved?  Let us read Joel 2:32: And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved;for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance,as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls.Joel 2:32  For people to be saved on that “great and dreadful day of the LORD” they must call and acknowledge the real and true Name of God. May I share with you,

  • He and his people will be fighting us next.

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    • Yazidi’s are a completely seprate religion, it would be like comparing a Catholic to a Jew.

  • So what, Tim Robbins crawed through a piece of pipl as long as five football fields, filled with the filthest krap you could imagine.

  • And so it goes…

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    • What happened to children under 12?

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      • married off.


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