Houston Public Media: Yazda Group Sends Aid To Yazidis Oppressed By The Islamic State In Iraq

Houston Public Media: Yazda Group Sends Aid To Yazidis Oppressed By The Islamic State In Iraq

Remember the story earlier this year about the Yazidi people of Iraq and their plight on a mountain top? While that crisis may be over, the religious minority continues to be persecuted by the so-called Islamic State, and some Houstonians have not forgotten them.

At a fundraiser Sunday for the Yazidi people, Murad Ismael shares his story with the crowd. Since August, he has been corresponding with Yazidis being oppressed by ISIS.

He took their calls and listened to their stories. He spent three weeks in D.C. petitioning the State Department to intervene when many were trapped on a mountain. They were eventually freed.

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Yazda members distributed Heaters, and blankets for Yazidi families in need

Yazda members distributed Heaters, and blankets for Yazidi families in need

During his visit to Iraq, Yazda president Haider Elias has found a number of families  who are now occupying  small living quarters in Shairia village, that were in desperate need for weather equipment. Some of those families told us (Haider saying) that they were now battling to secure enough food for their children plus they lacked adequate shelter, running water, toilets, and with winter smacking on their back, residents have told us  they urgently needed to be relocated to areas where permanent structures can be built. With the help from our volunteers and well-wishers we were able to deliver some heaters, and blankets for some of these families, and formula for those infants who have suffered from malnutrition.

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Houston awareness and fundraise event

Houston awareness and fundraise event

After his visit to Iraq Yazda President Haider Elias distributed winter materials for the Yazidi displaced families in Northern Iraq.

 

 

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At 11/20/2014 Yazda Organization distributed some blankets for those yazidi children who were in desperate need. We found it essential that those children and their families are adequately cared for and kept warm during the recent extreme weather in northern region of the country. Continue Reading

Yazda members interviewed by Houston Chronicle: Yazidis in U.S. traumatized by crisis in Iraq

Yazda members interviewed by Houston Chronicle: Yazidis in U.S. traumatized by crisis in Iraq

Haider Elias boarded a plane to the United States from Iraq five years ago, leaving a life of war, ethnic violence and, as a Yazidi, religious persecution.

The Yazidis are an ancient religious minority whose faith, neither Christian nor Muslim, has roots in Zoroastrianism. Because he had worked as a translator for U.S. special operations forces during the war in Iraq, Elias was able to immigrate to the U.S. He now lives in southwest Houston, in close proximity to about 20 other Yazidi families.

 

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Yazda organization distributed some winter appliances  in norhtern  Iraq

Yazda organization distributed some winter appliances in norhtern Iraq

November 24, 2014

Last week and during Yazda’s president visit to his home country and recognizing that there are many vulnerable Yazidi families who are being severely affected by this unusual weather in northern Iraq, Yazda organization has begun blanket distribution to those in the greatest need. As a humanitarian organization, Yazda has done a wonderful job spreading awareness around the World; but this time we decided to put something into practice.

 

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Yazda president participated in International Peace Conference in Erbil, Iraq

Yazda president participated in International Peace Conference in Erbil, Iraq

On November 20, 2014 Yazda president, Haider Elias, was invited to an International Peace Conference that was held in Erbil (Capital of Iraqi Kurdistan Region) along with spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar of India. The purpose of the conference was to discuss and promote the protection of women and ethnic minorities of Iraq while bringing peace and stability to a war torn nation. Nearly thirty officials participated in the conference and each contributed by raising questions of how everyone can unite and push the world to condemn the brutal actions of the Islamic State. Haider Elias was a strong advocate of the Yazidi case during the conference and this was in efforts to prevent future genocides.

 

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Yazda members were invited to speak at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Omaha, NE

Yazda members were invited to speak at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Omaha, NE

November 19, 2014
Omaha, NE

On November 17, 2014 Yazda members were invited to speak at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Omaha, NE.
The members gave a presentation on the current situation of Yazidis in Iraq. Personal stories of victims were shared and a call to action was made to conclude the event. Special thanks to Christie Abdulschwede for organizing the event and continuing to support the Yazidis.

Nebraskan Yazidis want to stop carnage by Islamic State in Iraq

 

Nebraska is home to the largest Yazidi population in North America. The Yazidis, a Kurdish religious minority in Iraq, are being hunted and executed by the Islamic State.

Those who sought refuge in the United States during the Iraq War want to do everything they can to help loved ones struggling to survive. “Children on the streets and our Yazidi men being killed and their heads being cut off,” said Laila Khoudeida, a Nebraskan Yazidi immigrant.  Khoudeida recently learned the Islamic State killed her uncle. She said her brother, an Iraqi police officer, narrowly escaped to Turkey.

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