WASHINGTON D.C., October 24, 2014 Yezidis and Hindus came from across the U.S. to Washington D.C. to protest the thousands of Yezidis who are being targeted in Iraq. Many of their women and girls have been abducted and sold into slavery and their homes and lands overrun by ISIL, which. is methodically targeting them for slavery, conversion and death.
October 21, 2014
Yazda members visit the Board of Woman’s Ministry at the First Plymouth Church on October 19, 2014. Yazda Organization members were invited to speak to a group of women about the current situation of Yazidi people who currently face a cold winter that will result in human catastrophe during the winter months due to lack of warm shelters, blankets, and other winter supplies. The members focused the discussion on the most immediate needs of Yazidis and urged the group to support our cause. The board invited Yazda members to speak again on November 20, 2014 to a larger group at the First Plymouth Church
October 18, 2014
Yazidi community meets with a pastor from St. Marks Church and a local surgeon at a restaurant in Lincoln NE. They discussed the current situation of Yazidis who have been living in dire conditions in different parts of Kurdistan after the Islamic State seized their towns killing many and leaving the entire Yazidi population homeless and hopeless. The surgeon as well as the pastor sympathized with Yazidis and considered making donations to support Yazidis and other ethnic minorities who have suffered much brutality in the hands of the extremist terrorist group ISIS.
ISIS has kidnapped countless woman and girls to sell into slavery, as sex slaves and wives for Islamic State fighters. Yezidis have been especially targeted for their genetically fair hair and pale eyes.
AFP : 15 OCT 2014
US Secretary of State John Kerry slammed the Islamic State group for “abhorrent” abuses on Tuesday after the jihadists boasted of selling captured women and girls as slaves.
Islamic State militants said abducted Yazidi women and children had been divided among its fighters according to sharia law.
Kerry described the act as despicable, and said the group “does not represent Islam.”
October 9, 2014 at 9:51 am
By Kathleen Anderson and Aaron Bowles
Their stories are almost too horrific to believe.
Bodies lie in the streets of abandoned villages, with no one to bury them. Peaceful people are murdered with knives so dull they couldn’t even be used to slice raw meat. Parents desperately beg for food to take back to their children, unsure if they will live even long enough to taste it.
By Freshta Jalazai and Luke Johnson
October 08, 2014
Iraq’s only ethnic Yazidi member of parliament says that the human rights situation in her country is “deteriorating,” with Islamic State (IS) militants kidnapping, raping, and selling Yazidi women.
“They are still without any shelter. They are sleeping on the streets. The situation is not good and the winter is [advancing], and it’s raining, actually, in Iraq [now]. So the situation is deteriorating,” legislator Vian Dakhil told RFE/RL in an October 8 telephone interview from Iraq’s Kurdish region.
October 8, 2014
The Yazidi community is holding a fundraising event that will take place on November 1, 2014 at the Center for People in Need in Lincoln, NE. This is a humanitarian effort to help the diplaced refugees until they obtain safer, long-term housing and reach better living conditions. The Yazidi community is very appreciative of the Center for People in Need and its employees for their generosity in supporting Yazidis and hosting this event at their center. Special thanks to all employees of the Center for People in Need, including Baety Brasch and Jolene McCulley, for making this possible.