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Swadlincote man tells of family terror woes

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

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A ROLLS-ROYCE worker from Iraq has called for the UK to take military action against the terrorist group that has forced his family from their homes.

David Sleman's mother and father are among up to 20 members of his family who have fled the terrorist organisation calling itself the Islamic State (IS).

They are now desperately trying to survive on a mountainside alongside thousands of other refugees.

Mr Sleman and his family are followers of the Yazidi faith, which is regarded as heretical by IS, which aspires to control all the world's Muslim regions and has begun by taking over parts of Iraq and Syria.

Mr Sleman, 40, of Swadlincote, works in the quality assurance department at Rolls-Royce, having left Iraq a decade ago due to the persecution he suffered as a Yazidi. He had been working as a translator for the United Nations.

He said: "They are trying to survive in 45C heat and they are elderly. There are people dying there from disease and dehydration. We are crazy with worry.

"I think that, if the international community does not move to take military action against the Islamic State, if they don't provide humanitarian protection, all will die.

"Britain is part of that international community."

"We were persecuted everywhere. They can kill us and nobody does anything. They can take our girls and nobody does anything. That's why I left.

"We also need a UN resolution to create a safe area for Yazidis."

The violence has displaced an estimated 1.2 million people in Iraq alone.

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