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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 safety ...
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 local ...

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 converted, ...
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 people ...
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 most ...
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 the ...

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 displaced ...
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.
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 was ...
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 ...
"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 ...
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 ...
"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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.

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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 10.000 ...
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, ...


 

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