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2, 2014 would become a catalyst in Pir's life, one that would see him become a steadfast advocate for the Yazidi people. The fateful call from Pir's brother-in-law informed him and his wife that ISIS was assailing villages south of Mt. Sinjar. The Yazidi people had little choice but to flee to the ostensible ... student
Sinjar resident Marwan al-Sheikh helps with logistics at the camp, which is run by a local Yazidi brigade of the People's Protection Forces, or YPG, which worked directly with the PKK from 2014 until 2017, sharing control of the mountain until Iraqi forces took over the area late last year, according to ...

Shekh Qamber, a 63-year-old Syrian Kurdish Yazidi farmer who fled his town of Qastel Jindo in Afrin, described in an exclusive interview with The Independent what happened to Yazidis who refused to leave their homes. He said that some were forcibly brought to a mosque by Islamists to be ... Isis Islam
Editor's Note: A similar version was initially published in The Jerusalem Post. By Khalaf Dakheel. The Yazidi people are a small religious minority, and one of the most ancient religions in the world, though we currently number less than a million members worldwide. A peaceful and non-aggressive ...
My parents' generation was certain that mine would finally change the fate of Yazidis in Iraq through education. Under Saddam, the Iraqi government destroyed Yazidi villages near Mount Sinjar, then moved villages to new areas to exert control of these populations. There were few schools, and ...
Directed by Kurdish filmmaker Hussein Hassan, the 2016 film "Reseba: The Dark Wind" (above), has now been released in German cinemas. It depicts how a young Yazidi couple on the verge of marriage is torn apart by militants from the so-called "Islamic State," who carry out a massacre against ...

Thousands of displaced Yazidis in the Sinjar mountains in Northern Iraq are still suffering and afraid, almost four years after Islamic State attacked Yazidi villages. "The situation of the Yazidis in Iraq is of great concern. It is an ongoing humanitarian catastrophe with still close to 400,000 internally ...
Before the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, Yazidis in Sinjar had strong ties with neighboring Arab tribes. Some Yazidi and Arab children were considered blood brothers -- their families obligated to protect each other. Those ties frayed when al-Qaida took root after 2003 and Yazidis became a target. Sinjar
NPR's Jane Arraf recently went back to Sinjar and found thousands of Yazidis still taking refuge and still desperate for help. NAVINE: (Speaking foreign language). ... ARRAF: I go to see Shireen Hassam, a Yazidi mother whose daughter Wargheen died in January. She was 2 and malnourished. There ... Iraq Starving ISIS
For years, Kurdish fighters have protected the Yazidis, a persecuted minority oppressed by ISIS in northern Iraq. Now those fighters are leaving the region. Facebook; Twitter; Flipboard; Email. Get The Stories That Grabbed Us This Week. Delivered to your inbox, these are the NPR stories you don't want to ... Iraq Starving ISIS
"Many Yazidi civilians, including children, have been murdered," Babir said. Hundreds of Yazidis have already fled their villages, and they are in need of food and medicine, he added. Babir also pointedly remarked that Turkey-backed jihadists have destroyed many Yazidi temples in Afrin and converted ... Iraq Starving ISIS
In 2014, the Yazidis in the northern Iraqi province of Sinjar were subject to a forced conversion campaign at the hands of the Islamic State (IS). In the process, IS kidnapped over 7,000 women and children and many of them were conscripted as sex slaves. They also murdered over 10,000 Yazidi men and ... Iraq Starving ISIS
"The call brought me to the Yazidis." ISIS has killed many people in Europe, he says, including a French priest, whose throat was slit in a church attack in 2016. "I couldn't remain a bystander," Desbois says. ISIS attempted to annihilate the Yazidi people — killing men, selling women and girls as sex slaves ... Iraq Starving ISIS
After massacring more than 1,500 Yazidis and kidnapping another 1,500 women and children as part of a campaign the UN has called genocide, the militants then unleashed destruction on Sinjar. Airstrikes and on-the-ground combat damaged much of what remained of the town, as Yazidi and Kurdish ... Iraq Starving ISIS
As documented by United Nations investigators, when militants of the Islamic State, or ISIS, descended onto Yazidi villages across arid Sinjar Mountain, they rounded up the men, either forcing them to convert to Islam or be killed. The Yazidis' ancient faith made them apostates in the eyes of the militants. Iraq Starving ISIS
2, 2014, when ISIS moved against Yazidis about 6,700 miles away. At three in the morning, when they pulled into the parking lot of their apartment complex, dozens of their Yazidi neighbors were outside on the lawn, talking on their cell phones and crying. “Isis has taken over Sinjar,” a neighbor said. Iraq Starving ISIS
She's 19, a high school student and a newlywed, living in a tent in a camp for displaced Yazidis. Her husband just turned 23, and she surprised him with a cake. There are still balloons on the canvas walls. This isn't the life that Haskan dreamed of when she ran away from home so she could finish school. Iraq Starving ISIS

As a Yazidi, a member of an ancient religious minority, he believed that the narrow mountain was sacred, central to the Yazidi creation myth. Aside from the mountain, the region where the country's six hundred thousand Yazidis live, also called Sinjar, is flat and desert-like. To Yazidis, it seems clear that ... Iraq Starving ISIS
But everything changed four years ago when ISIS swept into Sinjar, killing Yazidi men and kidnapping women and children. 'I really love Anne Frank'. Haskan and her family escaped through Syria and into the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Like most Yazidis, they ended up living on construction sites and in ... Iraq Starving ISIS
Three years ago I was one of thousands of Yazidi women kidnapped by the Islamic State and sold into slavery. I endured rape, torture and humiliation at the hands of multiple militants before I escaped. I was relatively lucky; many Yazidis went through worse than I did and for much longer. Many are still ... Iraq Starving ISIS
Sinjar (IraqiNews.com) An Iraqi Yazidi official has said their area west of the country needs thousands of fighters to protect the borders with Syria, predicting hundreds to be incorporated in the Iraqi army. Xudeda Cuke, mayor of Sanoni, Sinjar, told Ayn AlIraq news website that Sinjar region "needs ...
Most Yazidis, an Iraqi religious minority, live in informal camps or damaged buildings, without enough money to buy food or keep themselves warm. ... The clinic attracts hundreds of patients from across the Sinjar region, but the programme cannot meet the needs of all local Yazidi children, Becker says.
ISIS captured Mahya Alqasim and her family in 2014 and forced them into a front-end loader – and into service as human shields. ISIS drove Jameela Omar, her family and thousands of others of Yazidi descent out of their homes and onto an Iraqi mountain where many, including Omar's young daughter, ...
Yazidis who fled ISIS say they are very thankful for Pope's support. January 25, 2018. » Continue to this story on Vatican News. CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis met with Yazidi refugees on January 24 and condemned the persecution of religious minorities. The above note supplements, highlights, or corrects details in the ...
Germany welcomed more than 60,000 members of the Yazidi community, with some estimates pointing to double that number, making it the largest Yazidi expatriate population in the world. Though the Yazidis have been present in Germany since the early 1990s, their numbers grew during a diaspora that ...
“I raise my voice in favor of Yazidi rights, above all the right to exist as a religious community: no one can bestow on themselves the power to cancel a religious group because it is not part of those called 'tolerated.'” Yazidis are a religious minority largely from the Nineveh Plains in Iraq. Communities can ...
This image released by the the Mass Graves Directorate of the Kurdish Regional Government shows a human skull in a mass grave containing Yazidis killed by Islamic State militants in the Sinjar region of northern Iraq in May, 2015. An analysis by The Associated Press has found 72 mass graves left ...
After that, Ayham began to conceal his background from people he met. "They said you have to kill. If you be back you have to kill every Yazidi," Ayham said, "I am not telling everybody I am Yazidi so nobody would kill me." When we asked him if he wants to kill Yazidis, a look of horror formed on his face.
It said IS had kidnapped 6417 Yazidis since 2014, the report added. Those included 1102 women and 1655 children, the statistics show, adding that authorities had run into 43 mass graves of Yazidi victims slaughtered by IS. IS massacred and enslaved thousands of Yazidis when they overran their Sinjar ...
The Yazidis who survived the atrocities must rebuild their lives from scratch and do so against all the odds. Khalsa Aid International, a UK-based charity founded in 1999 that has worked in the Yemeni civil war, the Greek refugee crisis and the Haiti earthquake in 2010, is taking 200 Yazidi young women ...
A Yazidi boy in Canada who was held captive by ISIS for three years is asking for a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to advocate for other children still in captivity, CT News reported. Emad Mishko Tamo, 13, was separated from his family when ISIS took over large swaths of Iraqi territory in the ...
Emad was separated from his mother, Nofa Mihlo Zaghla, after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant displaced thousands of members of the Kurdish-minority Yazidis in 2014, but he was freed last summer in the city of Mosul. Zaghla had been living in Winnipeg as a refugee but had no idea if her son was ...
Most Yazidis in Lincoln will never go back home because of the unrest that persists in Northern Iraq. ISIS has been weakened, but internal strife within the region still makes things unsafe for Yazidis. So they're establishing the traditions of their homeland here, including building a cemetery on the outskirts ...
Thousands of Yazidi men and teenage boys were killed, while more than 6,000 women and children were taken captive. Sold at slave markets or gifted between fighters, they were passed from owner to owner like chattel across Islamic State-held lands in Iraq and Syria. Girls as young as 9 were pressed ...
The Islamic State (IS) group overran dozens of Yazidi villages in 2014 killing or enslaving an estimated 12,000 men, women and children from the minority religious group. Thousands of women were sold in markets and forced into sexual slavery, while young boys were sent to IS training camps. Yazidi ...
The U.S.-led coalition has helped liberate 99 percent of the land once held by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. On Dec. 9, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over ISIS. However, the legacy of the militant group's crimes still remains. An estimated 300,000 Yazidis, members of a religious ...
Many Yazidis, who live in and around the region of northwestern Iraq known as Kurdistan, speak Kurdish. They have long been persecuted and it is estimated the community numbers around 500,000. Yazidis were targeted by Islamic State and came to the world's attention when they were caught in an ISIS ...
But first, the American war against ISIS was driven initially by the militants' attack on the Yazidi religious minority of Iraq. The campaign of mass murder, forced displacement and enslavement of the Yazidis shocked the world. Now many have returned to their ancestral homeland around Sinjar Mountain in ...
She moved from Atlanta to Buffalo and then to Lincoln, a place where it seems many Yazidi refugees end up. There are now more than 2,000 here. Khalaf is director of Yazidi programs at St. Matthew's. “Even though the resettlement office settles Yazidis elsewhere, they end up a year later or even six ...
16 (Xinhua) -- The National Assembly of Armenia voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to recognize the massacres of Yazidis which occurred in Iraq in 2014 as genocide. The Armenian parliament issued a statement which "recognizes and condemns the genocide committed against the Yazidi people in Iraq's ...
Thousands of Yazidi escaped up a narrow pass on Mount Sinjar, where ISIS fighters boxed them in and plotted a siege. Only an international effort to airdrop food, water, and supplies to the trapped Yazidis prevented a total catastrophe. A military offensive pushed ISIS back to give the Yazidi a chance to ...
Soon, Samiyah joined some 3,000 Yazidi women and girls, turned into forced laborers and subjected to daily rape. Seeing the Yazidis as devil-worshippers, their IS captors treated the girls as commodities. “The men would offer us as gifts. In the evenings, they would get together and trade the women, and ...
Nadi is one of thousands of Yazidi girls, captured and then enslaved by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) terrorists who would turn the girls – often no older than 10 years – into forced laborers, sex slaves, and send them on suicide missions. With the self-proclaimed IS caliphate crumbling, the slave trade has ...
Her family belongs to Iraq's Yazidi minority, followers of an ancient faith linked to Zoroastrianism that was targeted as heretical by the militants who overran its heartland near Mt. Sinjar in August 2014. Thousands of Yazidi men and teenage boys were killed, while more than 6,000 women and children were ...
Human Rights Watch(HRW), a US-based rights group, said in a report on Wednesday that Yazidi forces detained and executed men, women and children from eight different families the Imteywit tribe in June. According to HRW report, several senior Yazidis have alleged that the tribe participated with ISIL ...
Nineveh (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi troops have run into 12 mass graves in west of Nineveh, security source was quoted saying on Wednesday. “The graves were found in Kojar region, Sinjar. They include bodies of Yazidi civilians who were executed by Islamic State since its control on the town in 2014,” the ...
Soon, Samiyah joined some 3,000 Yazidi women and girls, turned into forced laborers and subjected to daily rape. Seeing the Yazidis as devil-worshippers, their IS captors treated the girls as commodities. “The men would offer us as gifts. In the evenings, they would get together and trade the women, and ...
The Nohs were a Yazidi family of 11 siblings from the Sinjar region of Iraq. ISIS invaded the area in 2014 and slaughtered over 3,000 Yazidis. More than 6,000 Yazidi women and girls were abducted and used as sex slaves. The Nohs' village had been spared direct attack but it was no longer safe for ...
Human Rights Watch(HRW), a US-based rights group, said in a report on Wednesday that Yazidi forces detained and executed men, women and children from eight different families the Imteywit tribe in June. According to HRW report, several senior Yazidis have alleged that the tribe participated with ISIL ...
Earlier on the day, a mass grave composed of relics of Yazidi victims was found in Sinjar, Alqurtas News website reported. Relics of 24 Yazidis were found in Kesra al-Mei'rab village. They were shot in the heads and chests, Iraqi officials told Al-Hurra TV channel. Iraqi troops, according to the officials, were ...


 

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