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.
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.
"We are doing this with a pure heart to help people," says Steve Maman, who has made international headlines for his Canadian charity that has raised more than $500,000 to rescue Christian and Yazidi women.
A civil society group, aided by the Belgian government, helped the refugees flee to Lebanon, where the Belgian embassy provided them with visas to continue on to Europe.