While reporting Friday afternoon from Irbil, Iraq, CNN’s Ivan Watson found a young refugee who had recently fled the onslaught of ISIS rebels in another region of the country. While describing his harrowing evasion of the jihadist group, the young man cussed in broken English and apologized.
Asked to describe the scene, the refugee said he’s “just too scared,” explaining that there was “a thousand fucking cars” on the road attempting to depart his hometown before rebels advanced.
He stopped himself, apologized to Watson, who reassured him it was okay to continue.
“My father drove the car for six hours — three hours in the dust, three hours on the road,” he explained. “When we were in the dust, we couldn’t see anything. Just cars are running away. We didn’t know where we are going.”
“And you were running from ISIS?” Watson asked.
“Those people are not people, they are monsters,” the refugee said with a pause. “Even not monsters; monsters are better.”
Watch the scene below, via CNN:
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