“We'll always remember what happened to our people, and I pray our loved ones finally find some peace.”
Before the terror group enslaved its women, a Yazidi who had sex with someone outside the faith would be cast out—or worse. Survivors are now finding hope in a new ritual.
It will take in 800 more members of the religious minority by the end of 2017.
Since the Islamic State swept into Sinjar in August, 2014, the women have been treated as property of the group's fighters, who marry, trade, or sell them.
The IS persecuted their people, now these warrior Yazidi women are ruining their virgin afterlife fantasies.
Yazda International and Free Yazidi Foundation, backed by the Kurdish Regional Government of Iraq, met with the ICC prosecutor today to present a new report outlining how IS fighters have slaughtered, enslaved, and raped Yazidis.
Violence and accompanying chaos in major conflict areas have kept more than 13 million children from attending school, potentially leaving a generation devoid of basic education.
Steve Maman, a Montreal businessman, claims that he and his non-profit group have rescued 128 Yazidis and Christians from enslavement by Islamic State militants. Yazidi leaders have asked him to back up his claims.