Yazda members were invited to speak to the members of the Business and Professional Women’s NOVA group in Lincoln,NE

Yazda members were invited to speak to the members of the Business and Professional Women’s NOVA group in Lincoln,NE

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Sep 17,2014

On September 17, 2014 Yazda members were invited to speak to the members of the Business and Professional Women’s NOVA group. The purpose of the meeting was to reach out to activists in the community and speak to the current crisis experienced by the Yazidis of Iraq. The immediate needs of Yazidis were discussed during the meeting and NOVA members agreed to be part of our grassroots campaign to create awareness.

Yazda members attended the New Americans Task Force (NATF) meeting

Yazda members attended the New Americans Task Force (NATF) meeting

 

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Lincoln,NE

Sep 19,2014

On September 19, 2014 Yazda members attended the New Americans Task Force (NATF) meeting which includes members from all agencies and organizations in the Lincoln- Omaha area in Nebraska. The meeting revolved around the issues of minorities in the US and ways that agencies and organizations can improve their services to better meet the needs of minorities and other vulnerable populations. The refugee resettlement coordinator discussed the number of families that have been granted asylum to Lincoln and Omaha as of the past month and Laila Khoudeida addressed the situation of Yazidis and stretched the importance of receiving support from these organizations to pressure the US government to expand the number of Yazidi immigrants being sponsored by  the Catholic and Lutheran Social Services.

 

Yazda members attended a fundraising event that took place in a local restaurant in Lincoln ,NE

Yazda members attended a fundraising event that took place in a local restaurant in Lincoln ,NE

 

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Sep 14,2014

Lincoln,NE

On September 14, 2014 Yazda members attended a fundraising event that took place in a local restaurant in Lincoln NE where congressman Jeff Fortenberry spoke about the current situation faced by Iraq minoritities and the measures that the US has taken to stop ISIS from further expanding their forces in the Middle East region. Hadi  Pir spoke specifically about the Yazidi situation and educated the audience about Iraq’s political turmoil that has caused thousands of Yazidis to remain oppressed and discriminated despite being displaced and living in impoverished conditions. A representative from Runministries by the name of Eric Watt also spoke about the courageous work that the Runministries is doing to support Christians and Yazidis in Iraq.

 

 

Yazda organization members visit Holey Rosary Church in Houston

Yazda organization members visit Holey Rosary Church in Houston

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Houston ,TX
September/21/2014

In making efforts to gain as much support as we can from the Christian communities; Yazda members were in a visit to Holey Rosary Church. We had the opportunity  to speak out on behalf of the Yazidis whom have been suffering from the atrocity of the evil force (ISIS). We wanted to raise the Yazidi case to the awareness of the entire world, knowing that every single child whom starved, died from the thirst, or  killed by the hands of ISIS, is worth to sacrifice with our lives.

 

Slave to Terror ,Sold to an ISIS leader and held captive for a month, Amsha Alyas tells the story of her escape

Slave to Terror ,Sold to an ISIS leader and held captive for a month, Amsha Alyas tells the story of her escape

 

Author:Emily Feldman

Editor:Louise Roug

Photography:Emily Feldman

 

DUHOK, Iraq — When the young woman who had been taken as war treasure by an Islamic State leader returned to her family after a harrowing escape, it was as if she had risen from the dead. “We had no hope,” said her father, one of the Yazidis who escaped slaughter at the hands of fighters from the militant group also known as ISIS or ISIL during their early August rampage through the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar. “We knew thousands of women had been sold.” Continue Reading

BREITBART NEWS : ISIS USING YAZIDIS AS HUMAN SHIELDS AGAINST U.S. AIRSTRIKES

BREITBART NEWS : ISIS USING YAZIDIS AS HUMAN SHIELDS AGAINST U.S. AIRSTRIKES

IRAQ: ISIS USING YAZIDIS AS HUMAN SHIELDS AGAINST

U.S. AIRSTRIKES

DOHUK, Iraq– Reports from eyewitnesses here in Northern Iraq spoke to Breitbart News about how the terrorist group the Islamic State is using Yazidi hostages as human shields to protect themselves against U.S. airstrikes – using the same strategy as Hamas in Gaza.

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Mashable: Yazidis Tell Story of Their Impossible Exodus

Mashable: Yazidis Tell Story of Their Impossible Exodus

  • Author:Emily Feldman
  • Photographer:Emily Feldman
  • Editor:Louise Roug

 

 

SILOPI REFUGEE CAMP, Turkey—Dawd Sulyman woke up on Aug. 3 to the news that radicals from the militant group the Islamic State had swept into the neighboring village. Relatives called him, frantically, to tell him about kidnappings and executions, imploring the 21-year-old to flee from his home town of Sinjar in northern Iraq. Continue Reading

Iraq: ISIS Using Yazidis as Human Shields Against U.S. Airstrikes

Iraq: ISIS Using Yazidis as Human Shields Against U.S. Airstrikes

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DOHUK, Iraq– Reports from eyewitnesses here in Northern Iraq spoke to Breitbart News about how the terrorist group the Islamic State is using Yazidi hostages as human shields to protect themselves against U.S. airstrikes – using the same strategy as Hamas in Gaza.

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The New York Times : An American Yazidi Trying to Save Iraqi Yazidis

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Sharifa Khalil was just days old when her family crawled under a fence at the Iraq-Syria border in 1988 to escape Saddam Hussein’s rule. She arrived in the United States at age 11, after years as a refugee, unable to speak or read English, but thrived in school, graduating high school with honors.  Continue Reading

Washington Post : The past and future of Iraq’s minorities

Washington Post : The past and future of Iraq’s minorities

 September 8

In August, media reports of tens of thousands of Yazidis in Iraq fleeing for their lives prompted outrage – and (uncharacteristically) action to come to their rescue. The United Nations reports that up to 1.8 million Iraqis have been displaced since January, most to Kurdistan, where the government and international aid agencies are

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