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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  • I’m seriously done with their inhumanity, no hearts whatsoever. I can’t even thinking of doing half of what they do to people even if it would be to someone who has just killed a dear person to me. And then those that are in all parts of the world, Australia and European countries, they have their mosques and everything and it’s still not enough what exactly do they want?? Have some respect for God’s sake if you like it that much in Iraq, Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan why not go back there and leave other countries in peace thank you. Im not even western Im one of them…

  • History repeats itself. They are very much like Hitler who killed off all who were different.I remember how my grandfather described climbing over dead bodies because he wasn’t killed by mistake…

  • YES, ban the burqa. Facial recognition is part of the social contract in Western society. Muslims should not be given special treatment which is what they demand every place in the world they infest. They show disrespect to our culture by not willing to adjust to our way of life. Every culture has to have some standard of dress code which includes not walking around naked in public. If the burqa is allowed to be worn in public, so why not a Ku Klux Klan costume considering the teachings of Islam are far more intolerant than even the KKK.

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    • Yeah Tee Jay is that the same way the English came here and slaughtered all the Aboriginals???? 

  • 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,

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    • here is the truth; that day is an internal day for those who are the true Church (elect) and a day of outer tribulation for those who did not become part of the church/elect. If you call on the name of the LORD you will be caught up spiritually as Paul was to ‘know Jesus’ in heaven even while you are still here on earth: This is biblical and it explains both Judaism and Christianity in one experience. Islam will be pushing the rest of the world to either go up (beheading spiritually is the real meaning in the Koran like John the Baptist a spiritual beheading of his ego so Christ in him could increase as he decreased.  Israel being pushed into the sea is also spiritual in that they are pushed into their subconscious to be sanctified in heart and mind. WHENEVER and WHOEVER calls on the name of the LORD is one who has come to understand the true meaning of the HOLY books, either the whole Bible or Koran; Both are to be interpreted spiritually or else the likes of a literal scourage will seem real because one clings to flesh and blood hence here is where they will experience the truth that they should experience internally. 

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      • That is very interesting. getting ISIS or any fundamentalist to understand this is the way forward. How you do it is another matter. I suppose you would need to start with a new generation. Very difficult. 

    • Just more of the same hype and ramblings that the Muslims are doing!  Keep your religion to yourself and other fellow believers and recognize that its your choice and give others the freedom to believe something else. NO ONE REALLY KNOWS THE ANSWER FOR SURE. When you profess that you do you’re setting yourself up to be just like these ISIS radicals.

  • 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.

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  • And so it goes…

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    • What happened to children under 12?

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      • married off.

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      • The ISIS managed to kill 20,000 Yezidi people and secually abuse girls as young as 8 years. Islam is not a religion of peace and in the Quran there are more than  25 versus that say to kill and behead any body who does not take Islam as his new faith and believe in Muhammad as profie of god.


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