Some 6,000 to 8,000 refugees have managed to escape to a makeshift camp in Dohuk province – but up to 30,000 still remain on Mount Sinjar in what a British aid worker has told Sky news is a “heartbreaking humanitarian crisis”.
Sky’s Sherine Tadros is at the Zakho camp, which has no electricity and just three or four toilets.
“They’ve told us harrowing stories,” she said. “One man has just told us how he saw four children die of thirst. There was nowhere to bury them on the mountain so they just put rocks on their bodies.
“Another man was saying the children were so thirsty, their parents started cutting their own hands and giving them blood to drink.
“And then they make the perilous journey to these areas – sometimes 12 hours. And when they get here the conditions are pretty dire. There is no electricity, no aid agencies – this is just a makeshift camp.” News,Sky.com