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3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
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Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Islamic State Militants Release 200+ Yazidis in Iraq

BBC Middle East
Kurdish Peshmerga forces help people from Iraq's Yazidi minority on 8 April, 2015
Islamic State militants have released more than 200 members of the Yazidi religious community being held in northern Iraq, Kurdish security officials have said.

Most of the 216 prisoners were in poor health and bore signs of abuse, General Hiwa Abdullah told the Associated Press.

About 40 children were among those freed, while the rest were elderly.

IS attacked the Yazidis in Iraq last year, killing and abducting thousands.

Some of the captives told Reuters they had been held in the IS stronghold of Tel Afar most of the time, but in the days leading up to their release, they were moved from one town to another.

A Reuters reporter at the scene said many of the prisoners were too exhausted and disoriented to speak.

Meanwhile, Iraqi troops have said they are gaining ground in a fresh offensive against IS in the western province of Anbar.

There were emotional scenes as the Yazidis were released to
Kurdish Peshmerga forces hug each other on the outskirts of Kirkuk
Military sources said the insurgents were trading mortar fire with government forces in the Sijariya area, east of the region's capital Ramadi, where IS has been dominant.

An air strike by a US-led coalition is reported to have hit militants who were trying to flee by boat on a river.

BBC correspondents say the new offensive is an attempt by the government to build on its recent victory over IS in the battle for the city of Tikrit.

Troops were on hand to help members of the group following their release
No reason has been given for the release of the Yazidi prisoners, who were originally abducted by IS from the area around Sinjar last August.

They were handed over to Peshmerga forces in the northern province of Nineveh on Monday, Kurdish commander General Westa Rasul told AFP. The group did not reach Kurdish-controlled territory until Wednesday, he said.

They were then taken away by ambulances and buses to receive treatment and care.

It is the second time a group of prisoners has been released by IS in recent months. In January hundreds of Yazidis were freed, including several sick children, but many villages remain under IS control.

Many were suffering from poor health and had been neglected
This, like the January release should never be mistaken for an act of kindness. This was a self-serving act! The sick and the elderly had become a burden and likely considered by IS as not being worth burying. Also, in this time where IS is retreating, people who are not very mobile only slow you down.

Nevertheless, thank God for their return to their families and friends.