A British reporter has delivered a stunning report on the plight of tens of thousands of Iraqis forces by Muslim terrorists to flee for their lives up a mountain.
“I have to tell you, we were holding back tears as we filmed that report with refugees surrounding us. They were all in tears that they had survived,” reporter Jonathan Rugman of Channel 4 said in an interview with the Fox News Channel’s Martha McCallum, who was substituting for Megyn Kelly on “The Kelly File.”
Rugman had been on a helicopter flight to rescue some of the estimated 30,000 to 40,000 members of a Yazidi religious sect. The Iraqis were chased there by members of Islamic State, or ISIS, the Islamic terror army taking over Iraq. They now face the prospect of death by dehydration or starvation on the mountain, or death from ISIS if they descend.
Rugman said the pilot who made the flight on which he rode was killed after refugees apparently overwhelmed the craft on the next flight, causing it to crash.
“I have to say, I spoke to the pilot just minutes before he took off. And he said to me through the helicopter door, I’m worried that this helicopter is too heavy. And so it proved, this helicopter could not come back safely. It crashed and another helicopter had to be sent to pick up survivors from the crash on Mt. Sinjar,” he said.
“It’s a difficult thing when a journalist takes part in a humanitarian mission. When you’re on a helicopter, where there’s only a limited amount of space, and you are taking β I was just saying, and you are taking up the space that could be taken by a refugee. But on that β it’s important that I tell this story. The refugees want the story told. The pilot who’s now dead certainly wants the story told,” he reported.
The London Daily Mail on Wednesday reported trapped children were drinking blood from their parents to stay alive, while a few have reached relative safety at a camp in Kurdistan.
The London Independent said the United Nations renewed alarm over the plight of the Yazidis Wednesday, warning that a “mass atrocity or genocide” could happen “within days or hours.”
The report noted information from the Department for International Development shows people on Mount Sinjar collecting aid dropped by the Royal Air Force and others over the weekend.