Iraq: 'There was so much blood' — Russian-speaking girl recounts the horrors of battle against IS

Miriam, orphan (Russian): «Yes.» journalist (Russian): «Where are they now?» Miriam, orphan (Russian): «In Makhachkala.» journalist (Russian) «Where?» Miriam, an orphan, (Russian): «In Makhachkala.» A clearly traumatised Russian-speaking girl called Miriam was brought to an orphanage in Baghdad, Wednesday. Miriam, a Russian-speaking girl, was brought to an orphanage in Baghdad, on... Еще Wednesday, where the child recounted the horrors that befall her family. With shrapnel scars on her face, the distraught, approximately 10-year-old girl struggled even to say her name upon arrival. When she was finally able to speak, she told her story. «We were in a house, mom went over to get the pot, over the river there were snipers and the sniper shot my mom in the head and arm, then she died,» Miriam said, «there was a fire and then I was hit by shrapnel, and I bled, there was so much blood,» she stated. Continuing, she said «"Then when the fire was out, we went to the river, there were snipers, they were shooting. Then we left there, we went to the roof, to an enclosed area. The night was heavily bombed. An Arab came to us, he brought water from the river, then milk. We drank the water, then the milk and fell asleep. Then he went somewhere else because we didn't have space.» Miriam's mother was called Madina, she does not remember her father, Kam. However, workers at the orphanage were able to ascertain that she is from Makhachkala, Dagestan, where her grandparents still live. Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov has ordered his representative in the Middle East to use his diplomatic connections to secure the return of Russian children from Iraq. There are reportedly around five Russian-speaking children being housed in an orphanage in Baghdad. Their parents took them from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) when they joined the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

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