Harrowing footage of a dramatic rescue was taken by a CNN crew on board a helicopter with members of the Iraqi air force and Kurdish peshmerga, Monday. They were on a mission to Mount Sinjar where thousands of desperate Yazidis, driven out of their homes by the ISIS horde have been stranded for a week.
The flight took diapers, milk, water and food to the site, hurling out boxes of food and water before approaching the ground.
“We landed on several short occasions, and that’s where — amid this explosion of dust and chaos — these desperate civilians came racing towards the helicopter, throwing their children on board the aircraft. The crew was just trying to pull up as many people as possible,” CNN’s Ivan Watson said.
Her mouth slightly agape, tears stream down her face as she glances around the inside of a helicopter with confusion in her eyes.
She looks completely exhausted, overcome with emotion. She cries the whole flight to safety.
That’s 15 year old Aziza – the girl in the purple shirt in the video below.
Soon, some of the trapped families — including babies and the elderly — were packed into the flight. A man held a water bottle for a woman trying drink, her head propped up on his shoulder.
Others didn’t make it and were left behind as the helicopter pulled away.
“It was chaotic. It was crazy, but we were able to then lift off with about 20 civilians,” Watson said.
I had seen the pictures on Twitter. Now we have the video. Everyone on the chopper was crying. You’ll cry watching it.
Oh my God, what hell has been unleashed on these poor people?