Yazda condemns the terrorist attack on Manchester

In strongest words, Yazda condemns the terrorist attack against the modern world and all of the humanity in Manchester.   This attack again shows the horrific nature of terrorism. We are in solidarity with the People of the United Kingdom and with the victims and their families.   Yazda will continue to pursue a global effort to bring the terrorists of the Islamic State to Justice. The terrorists who committed a genocide in Iraq and Syria are now free without a mean to held them accountable internationally.   Yazda, since its start, have taken accountability issue seriously, we believe that we have to fight radical Islamism and the ideology behind it so that we can bring a lasting peace everywhere. This has to start with open courts everywhere in the World for thousands of radicals who participated and continue to undertake global...

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Yazda delegation meets with KRG foreign minister in Erbil

May 22 2017, Erbil |  Yazda have initiated today a series of meeting to discuss the current developments with respect to the situation in Sinjar. Yazda finds that what is happening today is a serious danger to the future of Yazidis in the region. The many conflicts present today requires a diplomatic intervention to de-escalate the situation so that Yazidis can have rights to determine future of their areas. Yazda delegation consistent of Murad Ismael, Yazda executive director, and Silvia Zunino, Yazda Country Director, met today with Mr. Falah Mustafa, Minster of foreign Affair of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The Yazidi situation was discussed in the meeting, including the current escalation in Shingal, the legal case and accountability case against ISIS, the humanitarian and psychosocial situation of survivors among other issues concerning the two sides. The delegation also...

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Yazda support for the Yazidi women

Yazda accompanied 40 Yazidi survivors to Lalish Temple to celebrate the New Year. Dated on 4/18/2017 the night of Yazidi New Year, Yazda staff in Iraqi branch accompanied 40 women and girls who survived from ISIS captivity to Lalish Temple to participate, and celebrate Yazidi New Year. This group of women and girls were dressed in white and Yazidi traditional dress that reflect the Yazidi purity and cultures. The survivors were gathered in Yazda-Iraq in Dohuk, then they driven to the holy place of Lalish. They welcomed warmly by Yazidi community and particularly spiritual leader "Baba Shex", his holiness welcomed them to the Yazidi community and called them to start a new life after ISIS captivity. The Yazidi survivors lighted the candles by sunset and prayer together for other Yazidis who are still in ISIS captivity and they asked peace to be generated all over the world...

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Yazda Cultural center in Lincoln provides range of services

Training opportunity on “Guide to Banking and Credit” at the Yazidi Cultural Center in Lincoln Nebraska. We would like to inform members of the Yazidi community in Lincoln of the opportunity to learn how to invest in their money by learning how to manage your checking, saving, and credit card accounts. Ms. Laila Hesso from U.S Bank will be providing this training at the Yazidi Cultural Center on May 19th at 5:30pm. She will answer questions related to banking and investment as well as any other questions that people may have regarding online banking. To register for this training simply send us an email at the email address below to confirm your attendance. Please also include “banking training” in the subject line when emailing us. YCC@Yazda.org Where: Yazidi Cultural Center- 300 N 27th Street Suite C. Lincoln NE When: May 19th at 5:30pm Yazda also provides summer...

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Nadia Murad and Yazda visit the Vatican

On Wednesday, May 3. Nadia Murad, 2016 Nobel Peace Prize nominee and UN Ambassador of Good Will for the dignity of survivors of human trafficking, the Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), along with Yazda’s team (UK branch), Ahmed Khudida Burjus and Tolark Dinhan, met with Vatican officials, including the Pope, to discuss religious minority's current situation in the Middle East, especially the Yazidis.  Participated in the meeting, United Kingdom’s ambassador to the Vatican, Sally Jane Axworthy, and Paul Gallagher, the secretary for relations with states (foreign minister) of the Vatican. The meeting focused on the current situation of the religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. They also discussed the need for establishing a safe zone for minorities in Nineveh plane in Iraq and Sinjar. Also, they discussed the possible ways to rescue the Yazidi women and girls who still...

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Nadia Murad and Yazda President spoke at Stanford

Nadia Murad, a Yazidi human rights activist and UNODC GoodWill Ambassador, and Yazda President Haider Elias spoke at the annual Stanford Global Studies student dinner on April 17. As a part of our mission to help the Yazidi victims Nadia Murad and Yazda organization continue to supporting a cause of Yazidi community and bringing their issues to the attention of the international community. We continue to focuses on advocacy and raising awareness of the nearly half million of men, women, and children from this minority. Speaking to Stanford, Ms. Murad and Elias mentioned that one of their current priorities is to persuade the United States and other world governments to create a protected zone with a peacekeeping force in the area of northern Iraq that the Yazidi people and other minority communities have called home for thousands of years During the event Ms. Murad explained the...

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Yazda builds a new school in Sinjar

Yazda opened a new primary school in the village of Bakra, located 20 km east of center of Sinone Municipality in Sinjar District. The school consists of six class rooms, management room, teachers’ room, storage space, and two latrines....

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Opening Yazda in Germany

Opening Yazda in Germany Announcement Yazda is pleased to announce that it is in the beginning stages of setting up branches across Germany. We are opening an application period for those who are interested in joining and/or working for Yazda. We seek qualified people who have a desire and passion to establish Yazda local leadership where the work will be focused within various functional committees. Applicants must fill out and send the attached Yazda Germany application forms with a copy of their CV. After selecting Yazda Germany leadership from each province, the crew will proceed to the next stage of launching their work with the help and support of Yazda major board members. This will then lead to the official registration of Yazda. After finishing the registration process, the Yazda Germany board will receive the applicants who are interested in supporting the work of the...

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Yazda in Partnership with UNDP Expands its Shingal Outreach Project

Yazda is pleased to announce $572000 expansion of our Shingal Outreach project in cooperation with UNDP.  Previously, Yazda has worked in the Shingal (Sinjar) region of Iraq to distribute material aid and livelihood support, conduct community outreach activities, and provide medical and psychosocial facilities for the local community. Shingal Outreach will focus on further material aid and livelihood support opportunities. Our other programs operating in the region will continue on an ongoing basis. In July of 2016, Yazda signed an agreement with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to become an implementing partner in Shingal(Sinjar). The cooperation and support offered by the UNDP greatly expands Yazda’s capacity to serve and support the local community in Shingal. Among both local and international NGOs, Yazda has unparalleled access to, dialogue with, and...

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Congratulation to Nadia Murad and Lamia Bashar for being awarded with Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought

Yazda would like to congratulate two victims of genocide, Nadia Murad (U.N. Good Will Ambassador) and Lamia Bashar for receiving the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from the European Parliament. Yazda is proud of its relentless efforts and continuous support for the Nadia Initiative and the hundreds of other Yazidi women and female children who have been victimized by ISIL groups. As an advocacy and humanitarian organization, we strive to provide the best support possible for the Yazidi community with healthcare, therapy, humanitarian aid, and advocate on their behalf in the international...

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A Statement by Nadia Murad and Yazda`s Communication Team on Nadia and Yazda Visit to Australia

  Press release, August 17, 2016 Nadia Murad, a survivor of ISIS enslavement and human trafficking, and a human rights activist, will travel to Australia on August 19th-26th as part of a delegation by Yazda, a global Yazidi organisation, to highlight the situation of Yazidi people under an ongoing genocide by ISIS since 2014. Nadia Murad, Ahmed Khudida, Yazda deputy Executive director and Nikki Marczak, Genocide scholar at Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies will visit the University of Sydney to participate in a public event with religious communities in Sydney, Meet with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Minister Peter Dutton as well as with Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, visit Queensland university and participate in a public event with Global Center for Responsibility to Protect. In this visit Nadia and Yazda...

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Nadia Murad & Yazda members talk about the suffering of Yazidi people

Nadia Murad & Yazda members invited by LACE Production & Koffler centre of the Arts to talk about the suffering of Yazidi people   LACE Productions & Koffler Centre of the Arts invited the speakers Nadia Murad (Nobel Peace Prize nominee), Rozin Hanjool (Women’s Affairs Manager, Yazda) Haider Elias (Yazda President) and Hannah Rittner (writer of The Unbelievers) in a conversation with Rachel Browne (Staff Reporter, VICE News). The speakers shared their responses to The Unbelievers, a play presented at the 2016 SummerWorks Performance Festival from August 5-14, which explored the massacre of the Yazidi people in Sinjar and sex-trafficking of Yazidi women. Using issues rose in the play as a springboard, the speakers discussed the crisis of the Yazidi people and ways Canada can help. This event was co-presented by LACE Productions and the Koffler Centre of the Arts...

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PRESS RELEASE: Commemoration of the 2007 Sinjar Massacres against the Yazidis

Persecution of Yazidis by radical groups in 2007 resulted in the killing of more than 1000 Yazidis and over 1,500 injured. Iraq, August 14, 2016:  On August 14, 2007, Al-Qaida terrorists attacked Yazidi civilians in Shingal “Sinjar” with four coordinated suicide car bombs in the Yazidi towns of Til Azir “Kahtaniya” and Siba Shex Khider “Al-Jazeera” on the southern side of Sinjar Mountain. The attack targeted residential and commercials areas of the two towns with the intention of killing as many people as possible. The attack resulted in the killing of more than 1000 Yazidis - including children, woman and men - with over 1,500 civilians injured. These four attacks are considered the deadliest and most damaging single attacks by a radical group followed only by the September 11th attacks on the United States. Systematic persecution of Yazidis can be traced back...

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Supporting Yazidi Women

        Over the course of 6 months, 10th graders from a high school in San Jose, CA, researched the sexually exploitation and slavery of Yazidi women by ISIS, gave presentations about this topic to the students and the teachers of their school, began a gofundme site, and undertook numerous fundraisers that collected a total of $3,000. They have since donated that amount to YAZDA organization and are hoping that their small contribution can make, in the end, a big impact on the lives of the women who have been victimized by ISIS. The funds that these students raised were used to invite a group of twenty women survivors to a spiritual trip to Lalish (Yazidi Holy place), and the fund was distributed to those women in form of cash. They enjoyed the lunch, they enjoyed being in Lalish, and they enjoyed a supporting conversation with Yazidi religious...

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Italy Scholarship Recipients Visit Yazda Leadership

The Italy scholarship recipients recently visited Yazda’s office in Duhok, where they met with Yazda leadership. There they were congratulated on this great accomplishment, and were encouraged on how to succeed abroad in a new environment. These young men and women are currently internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraqi Kurdistan, and will be funded through scholarships acquired by Yazda. The highly-motivated students of the Italy scholarship program will study in a variety of academic disciplines, and will pursue both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. In addition to their university studies, the students will also take Italian language classes. They will begin their courses in the Fall, and are excited to do so, especially given the way this academic training has the potential to benefit the Yazidi community in the future. As one student, Ferial Yousif, points out, “This...

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Yazda Iraq Welcomes New Director

Yazda is happy to announce the arrival of Ms. Amber Webb, who will succeed Matthew Barber as Country Director. Amber brings strong leadership and management skills, having administered programs for the U.S. government at the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and in the non-profit sector at the American Councils for International Education. She also has an extensive research background relevant to Yazda’s work. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland, focusing on youth empowerment in emergency contexts, and has worked as a researcher at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Amber was also a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine. Yazda would like to wish Amber all the best in her new leadership role here in Iraq, where she will serve for one year. We are confident that she will further empower individuals in the organization to...

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Iraq Executive Director Departs After a Year of Faithful Service

Yazda would like to express its most sincere thanks and appreciation to Mr. Matthew Barber, who departed from the organization this weekend after a year of faithful service as Iraq Executive Director. During his time here, Matthew worked day and night (often times seven days a week) to support and empower Yazidis in a variety of ways. As a result, both Yazda and the Yazidi community as a whole have been left stronger and better equipped to face the challenges of the future. While at Yazda over the past year, Matthew instituted a host of new programs and helped bolster those that were already in place. He started Yazda Mobile Medical, Sinjar Outreach, Qeleme Zerin (“Golden Pen”), helped reopen the Ta’akhi (“Brotherhood”) schools, and created Tîrêja Rojê (“Ray of the Sun”), providing a forum for Yazidi religious leaders to pass on the community’s traditions and culture...

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Nadia Murad in Toronto in support of the arts and activism and to inspire Canadian action to alleviate the suffering of the Yazidi people.

LACE Productions and Yazda Press Release: Tuesday 2 August 2016 For immediate release Nadia Murad in Toronto in support of the arts and activism and to inspire Canadian action to alleviate the suffering of the Yazidi people. Nadia’s visit comes as Toronto premieres the first live performance about the Yazidi genocide on August 4th.   A significant and unique story will be unfolding in Toronto this week. Nadia Murad, advocate for the Yazidi people (a persecuted ethnic and religious minority in Iraq), Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, and survivor of ISIS sex-trafficking, will be in Toronto in support of the arts and activism this August 4th-7th. Nadia is coming to support and attend The Unbelievers, a play by Hannah Rittner and the first live performance about the Yazidi genocide. The play will premiere in Toronto August 5th-14th at the BMO Incubator Theatre (1115 Queen St W) as part of...

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Yazda Press Release: Yazidis urge International Community to raise Yazidi genocide issue at International Criminal Court

Yazda Press Release: Tuesday 2 August 2016 For immediate release Yazidis urge International Community to raise Yazidi genocide issue at International Criminal Court Call comes as UN inquiry finds that genocide attempts ‘ongoing Nadia Murad Basee Taha, a 23 year old Iraqi Yazidi escapee from ISIS captivity and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, today supported the call by Yazda, which represents the Yazidi community, on the Security Council to request the United Nations Security Council to refer ongoing genocide attempts by ISIS against Yazidis to the International Criminal Court (ICC). This call was made in view of the second anniversary of the genocidal attack by ISIS on the Yazidi community in Iraq on 3 August 2014. Ms Murad, who spoke to the United Nations Security Council on 16 December 2015, is working jointly with Yazda and with international human rights lawyer Ms Amal...

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Communiqué de Presse Yazda: Il y a deux ans, jour pour jour, Daesh attaquait Sinjar : La communauté Yazidie appelle la France à saisir la Cour Pénale Internationale du cas du génocide des Yazidis

Communiqué de Presse Yazda: Mardi 2 août 2016 Pour diffusion immédiate Il y a deux ans, jour pour jour, Daesh attaquait Sinjar : La communauté Yazidie appelle la France à saisir la Cour Pénale Internationale du cas du génocide des Yazidis Appel faisant suite à l’enquête menée par l’ONU établissant qu’une tentative de génocide « est en cours »   Nadia Murad Basee Taha, une jeune femme irakienne Yazidie de 23 ans ayant réussi à s’échapper de la captivité de l’Etat Islamique et aujourd’hui nommée pour le Prix Nobel de la Paix, joint sa voix à l’appel de Yazda, représentant la communauté Yazidie, pour appeler le gouvernement français à demander au Conseil de Sécurité des Nations Unies de référer la tentative de génocide commise actuellement par l’Etat Islamique à la Cour Pénale Internationale (CPI). Cet appel intervient à la...

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Press Release: Nadia Murad and Yazda are Meeting Mr. Krestchman the Prime Minister of Baden-Wurttemberg’s Tomorrow

Former ISIS Yazidi captive to thank Prime Minister Kretschmann for Baden-Wurttemberg's help, calls for other countries to help former captives too. - Female former ISIS captives responding positively to treatment in Baden-Wurttemberg- Genocide investigation by International Criminal Court soughtNadia Murad BaseeTaha, a 22 year old Yazidi escapee from ISIS captivity and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will meet Mr Winfried Kretschmann, Prime Minister of Baden-Wurttemberg in Stuttgart on Thursday 28 July 2016 to thank the people of Baden-Wurttemberg for their help to female former ISIS captives and will call on other counties to help too. Ms Murad, who spoke at the United Nations Security Councilin December 2015, is working with international human rights lawyer Ms Amal Clooney to persuade the International Criminal Court to open a genocide investigation regarding ISIS...

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Many Thanks and Best Wishes to Andrew Slater

Yazda would like to extend its warm appreciation and thanks to Andrew Slater, who departed from the organization recently after serving as the head of the Documentation Team in Duhok for nearly a year. Andrew was instrumental in starting the Genocide Documentation project last year, and has worked tirelessly and on a purely volunteer basis since then to carefully document the details of the August 3, 2014 genocide of the Yazidis, and to cultivate a highly effective documentation team. Because of his efforts, this team will continue to produce invaluable work on behalf of the Yazidi community for years to come. Andrew brought an unparalleled depth of experience and knowledge to Yazda, based on years of serving in the U.S. military in Iraq, and subsequently working in various parts of the country as a journalist, researcher, and professor before coming to take the lead on documentation....

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New and Ongoing Public Health Services in Essyan IDP Camp

Under the umbrella of its public health education program, Yazda recently started a first aid workshop in the Essyan IDP Camp*. In total, there are 45 participants in the workshop, and they are being trained to take immediate action when there is a case requiring treatment in a location that is far from the clinic and/or there is no doctor available. The training began two days ago and will continue for the next four days. In this time, the participants will be able to acquire as much knowledge as possible in the event that they need to treat patients in the future. This initiative emerged out of Yazda’s desire to provide the community with a broad base of knowledge to deal with health emergencies that require urgent intervention, and to preserve the integrity of individuals in the process. Yazda’s public health education program began in June, and was aimed at informing various...

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Nadia Murad and Yazda Executive Director to visit Ottawa and testify before House of Commons

For immediate release, July 17, 2016 Nadia Murad, a survivor of enslavement and human trafficking carried out by the so-called “Islamic State” (or “ISIS”), and a human rights activist, and Murad Ismael, Yazda Executive Director, will visit Ottawa from July 18th-26th. The purpose of the visit is to highlight the situation of the Yazidi people under the ongoing Genocide, threats of terrorism on the civilized world, and immigration for refugees and persecuted people.   Nadia Murad and Murad Ismael will testify before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration on the 19th of July at 10:00am. Ms. Murad will provide her account to facilitate decision-making processes associated with the Immigration Measures for the Protection of Vulnerable Groups. Ms. Murad will also meet with other officials within Canadian government and the Parliament.  Mr....

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Press Release: Yazda welcomes the report by the United Nations (UN) Commission of Inquiry on Syria and calls for immediate action

June 17, 2016 -- Yazda welcomes the report issued today by the United Nations Commission on Inquiry on Syria, which supports the genocide ISIS is committing against the Yazidi people. The report, determined through a myriad of interviews and extensive documentary material, emphasizes that ISIS’s abuse of Yazidis amounts to Genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Yazda, an organization that advocates for the Yazidi people of northern Iraq, has played a significant role in documenting the genocide by providing the Commission access to data including victim testimonials and statistics on mass graves. Still, this is not enough. The Yazidi Genocide has not been properly documented, and we urge the international community to immediately investigate further in a formal legal context. There must be no impunity for crimes of this nature. Yazidis have been suffering and continue to...

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Amal Clooney to represent ISIS survivor Nadia Murad and Yazda

Press release, Yazda, June 9, 2016 Amal Clooney, a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers specializing in international law and human rights law, has confirmed she will represent Yazidi ISIS survivor Nadia Murad and other victims of the Yazidi genocide. Amal Clooney will serve as their counsel in their efforts to secure accountability for the genocide, sexual enslavement and trafficking of Yazidi girls and women by the militant group Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Efforts to achieve accountability will include seeking an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation and prosecution of the crimes committed against Nadia Murad and the Yazidi community. Nadia Murad is a 21-year-old victim of IS’ crimes in Iraqand one of the thousands of Yazidi women who were abducted and enslaved by IS. She was brutally raped by more than 12 IS members and spent approximately one month in ISIS...

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Yazda Educational Program to facilitate acceptance of 10 new students in an Italian University

Yazda Educational Program to accept 10 new students. According to a preliminary agreement between Yazda and an Italian university, 10 of the Yezidi students will be accepted in undergraduate and graduate studies (MS and PhD) within the different scientific disciplines and in the school year for Fall 2016.  The students must fill out the attached form and email it the e- mail address mentioned in the form. The study will be free and it will be in the Italian language. Required documents: 1-      Passport 2-      The applicant must have the graduation certificate in Kurdish language for students from Kurdistan Region and Arabic language for students from the Iraqi schools and universities, or the certificate can be only in English language. The qualifications for the senior high school graduates: 1-      The average grade of the student must be 85 and...

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U.S. Consul General Visits Yazda

Yazda was honored today by a visit from the U.S. Consul General in Erbil, Matthias Mitman, who traveled to Dohuk and had a meeting in the Yazda office. The Consul General was accompanied by Nakashia Dunner, a Political Officer in the U.S. Consulate, and met with Yazda Iraq Executive Director Matthew Barber, Manager of Operations Jameel Chomer, and researcher and documentation specialist Andrew Slater. The Consul General inquired about the status of our work and about the needs of the Yazidi people we serve: the IDPs in the camps, the returnees in Shingal, and the refugee population outside of Iraq. We discussed some of the important issues facing the Yazidi community today. We are grateful for the involvement of the Consul General and we will continue to work with all officials who share our concern for the well-being of the Yazidi people and who want to help guarantee their...

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A Statement About Recent Political Developments in Shingal (Sinjar) and Other Yazidi Areas

One of the objectives of Yazda, as an independent Yazidi advocacy organization, is to defend the Yazidi community locally and internationally, and to represent the best interests of the Yazidi people. With great concern, Yazda is following current developments in Shingal (Sinjar), both on the ground and at the political level, and we observe a great level of potential danger within the present situation, a situation that could represent a crossroads in the destiny of both Sinjar and of Yazidis in general, as Sinjar and other Yazidi areas are the ancestral homelands of the entire Yazidi community. The present situation has emerged from a meeting that took place between Mr. Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and tribal leaders and security officials in Sinjar. According to many claims from those who witnessed this meeting or who spoke to those who were present in...

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The Distribution of Domestic Water Purification Units to families in Sinjar

Yazda distributed domestic water purification units to 1000 families in Sinjar. This distribution is part of Yazda outreach initiative in Sinjar targeting people who have returned to the liberated areas of Sinjar. Areas we reached included Chil Mera complex on top of Mount Sinjar, Qasim Durbo complex, Khalaf Tala Complex, Ari Bahdo Complex, and other areas of Mount Sinjar. Water Purification Units are used as an economically disinfectant method to reduce health risks from Bacteria and other Virus which may causes Cholera and other dangerous waterborne diseases. Yazda is keen to support those communities who returned to motherland while faced by tremendous challenges after the Genocide. A second distribution is planned to include other areas where risk potential for waterborne diseases is high. Yazda, on behalf of itself and on behalf of the families benefited from this...

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Preservation of Yazidi tradition project extendeds to include children

Taking care of the children has always been Yazda’s top priority. To ensure the preservation of the Yazidi culture and traditions, Yazda has launched Tereja Roji program which gives the child the opportunity to take a break from the unhealthy atmosphere of the crowded camps. By participating in this program the children will be able to to express themselves and meet new children from different camps and also get the most from the valuable lectures of the Yazidi religion, culture, and traditions. We are hoping that through this program many of our children will find spiritual...

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Yazda continuous support for Yazidis females, ISIS survivors.

Yesterday, 2nd February 2016, Yazda arranged a rehabilitation visit to Lalish Temple for 20 Yazidi women and girls, ISIS slavery survivors. Recently, those 20 desperate survivors had managed to escape from ISIS captivity where they have been subjected to sexual, physical and psychological abuse and/or violence by ISIS terrorists militants. All Yazidi survivors in Iraq-Kurdistan including those 20 females are living in a miserable situation where no enough support is available or being provided by any sides including government as well as international and UN organisations and agencies. Those 20 females have not been offered any help or support so far, therefore, Yazda had decided to arrange this rehabilitation visit for them in which each female obtained 100$. In addition, Yazda had paid all travel expenses for this visit. Thanks for Yazda new members in Sweden for Supporting this...

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Yazda Works with Baghdad Government to Provide Monthly Stipends to Female Yazidi Survivors of ISIL Enslavement

Through our continuous efforts to provide services to the survivors of IS enslavement, Yazda is now working with the Directorate of Social Care of the central government of Baghdad to issue “bataqa” cards to the survivors. (The bataqa cards provide a monthly financial stipend to survivors from the government, to give them ongoing support.) We are currently working with the Baghdad authorities to issue 50 bataqa cards per day. This week we have distributed around 100 bataqas, and we will continue next week to issue several hundred more. This is the second batch of bataqas that Yazda has distributed. The first batch included 228 bataqas which were distributed last fall. Yazda was responsible for the Baghdad government’s decision to include Yazidi survivors in the Women’s Social Care program, after Yazda members visited officials in Baghdad at the end of 2014 to advocate for this...

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Yazda Launches “Ray of the Sun,” a New Project for the Preservation of the Yazidi Religious Tradition

Today Yazda is very proud to launch our new project: Tîrêja Rojê ("Ray of the Sun"): "Yazda's project for the preservation of the Yazidi religious and cultural tradition." We believe that the Yazidi religious tradition is unique and precious, and that an effort should be made to preserve and protect it. The purpose of this project is to promote the acquisition of religious knowledge. The project has two activities: 1 – To provide religious education to children and young people. The Yazidi tradition is an oral tradition and it is important that the knowledge of the older generation be passed to the younger generation in order to preserve this knowledge. 2 – To provide people of all ages with spiritual encouragement. The religious teachers leading this project can help strengthen the people, answer their questions, and spend time giving them emotional support. Today we...

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Yazda Pays Salaries of Sharfeddin School Teachers

Yesterday, Yazda paid the salaries of the teachers at the elementary school in Sharfeddin, Shingal. The teachers are not government employees, which means they do not automatically receive a government salary. However, they made a contract with the Department of Education, who promised to support them. But sadly, for seven months, they received no salaries or support from anyone. These teachers first created this school in September to serve the children of the brave families who chose to remain in Shingal. No one was providing an education for these children, so these teachers worked together to start the school and make their education possible.  Now the school contains 172 children. These teachers should serve as an example for all of us; they are working to support their people, and are asking for nothing for themselves. This kind of selfless action is what can save a people and...

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Yazda work is recognized in INDEPENDENT

Since the begging of ISIL`s attack against the Yazidi community, Yazda has been one of the leading organizations that directs the efforts to keep finding evidence of their brutal actions, which they need to be documented and recorded. Norma Costello mentions Yazda work in her article she wrote in Independent (a British online newspaper). “Passing through areas of Sinjar Mountain we see how the exposed bones of Yazidi women in mass graves are slowly being fenced off by members of the US-based Yazda group – an NGO which aims to support the Yazidis. In the nearby city of Duhok the International Commission for Missing People (ICMP) prepare to exhume the remains of those massacred by Isis, in order to build a genocide case - a gruesome task that has enlisted a team of international experts and forensic anthropologists” (Costello,...

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Writer Murad Allos’ book “My Old Friend” published by Yazda

A message from Matthew Barber, Yazda’s Iraq Executive Director: I am very pleased to announce the release of Mr. Murad Alo’s new book, “My Old Friend.” This book is the first in a series of intellectual and cultural works related to the Yazidi community. At Yazda, we believe that it is important to affirm the value of the Yazidi cultural and spiritual tradition, which is often under-appreciated. It is common for some people to discount Yazidi religion as something simplistic and shallow. What many people are not aware of is how rich the Yazidi tradition actually is. We want to encourage the production of intellectual and spiritual contributions from Yazidi thinkers. We are proud of this new book and hope that it will inspire and encourage its readers, and we hope that more books like it will follow. The painting used for the cover of the book is from an American artist named...

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New York Times references Yazda

  New York Times references Yazda as one of the leading organizations that is helping Yazidi women who have escaped from ISIS captivity in it's new article " To Maintain Supply of Sex Slaves, ISIS Pushes Brith Control." It describes how ISIS uses birth control methods to maintain supplies of sex slaves and prevent the Yazidi captives from getting pregnant which will lead to their freedom according to ISIS...

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The opening of Yazda Psycho-Social Support Center

Yazda is thrilled to announce the opening of our womens’ center near the main Yazda center in Duhok, to accommodate the large number of survivors that we receive on a daily basis for case management and other supportive services. We have expanded the number of our staff to support more survivors. Our staff now includes four case managers and a therapist. Our team provides case management services to all survivors from all the camps where Yazidis have been displaced. Our case managers also reach out to internally displaced women who are living in unfinished buildings. Through the case management program we provide group therapy and individual counseling sessions as well as childcare to allow more women with children to have access to this essential service. Our facility is set up to support women who wish to stay overnight at the center where they can feel safe and share their...

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Yazda Mobile Medical Clinic

We are pleased to announce that Yazda’s Mobile Medical Clinic has started treating patients in the remote areas of the Sinjar region where the Yazidi community is lacking medical services. Thanks to Zentralrat der Yeziden in Deutschland for providing the ambulance for this mission and sending medication and medical supplies for this mission. Yazda team consists of five staff, including Nurses, Pharmacist Assistance, and Medical Assistants. The team treats seventy to eighty patients a day. Our mobile medical team reaches out to the following towns on the north side of the Sinjar Mountain: Bare, Garke, Bahrava, Bar Sheshams, Haleqi, Qaserki, Qaraje Sheva Rash, Balif, Hasoona, Heerko, Dare Karse, Adika, Fayathe, Zaboqiya, Shex Quresh, Teref, Aldeena, Useva, Neqsa Sharfadeen, Bakra, Kormale, Ba Khelef, Zerwa, Peere Awra, Gormis. This is a vital service being provided to people in the...

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Protecting Religious and Cultural Heritage Event, U.S. State Department

  Protecting Religious and Cultural Heritage Event, U.S. State Department, Washington D.C. Deliberate destruction and theft of cultural heritage has been conducted by the Islamic State, as part of their apocalyptic ideology of not leaving historical remains behind other than the ones that belong to Islam. In Iraq, after fall of Sinjar and Bahzani area between August, 2014 and February 2015, ISIL has plundered and destroyed over 20 Yazidi historical religious buildings, and houses of worship. The valuable items from some buildings were looted in order to smuggle and sell them to finance ISIL activities. Yazda President Haider Elias participated in this event, to raise the awareness about the Yazidi religious sites and places of worship that have been destroyed by ISIL, and to find a possible way of renovating them in the future. He also provided the details of how ISIL...

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Yazda Issues Public Report on Yazidi Mass Graves in Sinjar (Shingal)

Over the past three months, Yazda has been conducting a genocide documentation project to gather evidence and survivor testimonies regarding the crimes of genocide committed against the Yazidis. A significant part of our focus has turned to the mass graves which are now accessible for documentation and analysis. We are pleased to issue our new report today, on the mass graves of Yazidis that we have been able to investigate. We estimate at least 35 mass grave sites in total; of these, Yazda has been able to verify 19 of them through the examination of physical evidence and corroboration of survivor testimonies. Three others have been confirmed by other parties, and probably at least 10 remain inside IS-controlled territory. Three others require additional investigation but are likely mass grave sites. Now that the mass graves of Yazidi civilians massacred by IS are accessible, we...

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The Golden Pen: A Yazda-sponsored program to treat collective Trauma

The barbaric attack of the so-called Islamic State (IS) resulted not only in the murdering and enslavement of thousands of people, but also in a collective trauma for the entire society. To deal with the collective trauma, the Yazidi writer, thinker and teacher Murad Allo, designed a special program to rehabilitate the Yazidi youth. Yazda is honored to sponsor Mr. Allo’s program and put all its energy behind him and the program. Yazda believes that the Yazidi youth should play a significant role to heal the community and participate more actively in building a new and a resilient culture. Director of Yazda in Iraq, Jameel Ghanim opens the program The program is named “The Golden Pen” or  (Qalama Zereen in Kurdish) and consists of two days of activities every week. The intake capacity is 50 students from the Universities per week. Activities include oral lectures, paintings,...

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UNAMI Delegation visits Yazda Center in Dohuk

On January 4, 2016 a delegation headed by Katherine Cornett, the Human rights officer at UNAMI Regional Office- Erbil, visited Yazda center in Dohuk. Yazda team provided a detailed view on the conditions of Yazidi community, IDPs, conditions on Mount Sinjar and issues concerning providing and delivering humanitarian aid. The team also discussed the conditions of Mass Graves and Yazda work in documentation.  The team expressed a deep concern on the conditions of mass graves and the urgent need to provide protection and preservation for the sites until they are thoroughly investigated.    Yazda also provided an overview on the conditions of Yazidi women and girls who managed to escape captivity, including their numbers, locations and the urgency of providing humanitarian and pyscho-social services to them. UNAMI delegation appreciated the level of in-depth...

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Yazda delivers tents and plastic covers

After making a survey in Sinjar Mountain about the available families there and in synchronized with the Yazidy Eid, Yazda team in Iraq have delivered tents and plastic covers to those who are in need to it. 70 families have been included in this...

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Yazda and ICRC continue to support Yazidi survivors

Through the joint efforts of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Yazda, an amount of 300,000 IQD (about $250 USD) was today distributed to 20 Yazidi girls and women who escaped recently from IS captivity. The amount given today, combined with the previous amounts given to female survivors, totals 172,800,000 IQD (about $141,640 USD) and has been given to a total of 576 Yazda clients. This funding covers all female survivors who are residing in Iraq and have been registered at Yazda. Great thanks to ICRC for generously funding this project and our appreciation to its staff for their high commitment to collaboration with Yazda...

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Yazda and ICRC Provide Financial Support to 456 Yazidi Women and Girls Who Survived IS

Today, December 13, 2015, Yazda and ICRC conducted a major cash distribution for 456 female survivors who had been kidnapped by IS and who later escaped or were rescued. Each survivor received 300,000 IQD; the total amount distributed was 136,800,000 IQD. The distribution was performed in a location arranged by ICRC. The funds were given by ICRC to female survivors that have visited Yazda after their escapes. Yazda has worked over the past year to conduct intakes with as many survivors as possible. The Yazda database makes these forms of support possible by connecting survivors to organizations that can serve...

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Yazda supports 20 female survivors

On December 5, 2015, Yazda team visited 20 Yazidi women and girls who managed to escape ISIL captivity in the recent months. This group of survivors are currently living in IDP camps in Khanki and Shariya. A number of survivors said that they haven't been assisted by other NGOs in the area, and that they were in urgent need to basic necessities of life. Yazda was the first NGO to assist them. A portion of money used for this activities was raised by Miss Fiona Bennett from Scotland through her gofundme campaign. The package included $50 in cash for each survivor and one basic aid package that included food, winter clothes, among other items. Our donors supports help us to be a bridge of hope to the hopless. We are thankful to Fiona and all her supporters. Yazda case workers visiting survivors in their camp Some of the items...

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Yazda wants to heal the Yazidi community

Yazda continues to support the Yazidi community in the aftermath of the genocidal act of Islamic State that resulted in destroying the very fabric of Yazidi community. Yazda's mission is to support the victims of persecution in every way and every capacity possible. One initiative is to support the community spiritually, strengthen people to recover, and provide means to rebuild hopes within various segments of the society. Today Yazda support a Yazidi Volunteer woman, named Mother Khafshe, who has dedicated her life to support Yazidi children in a Yazidi Refugee camp in Turkey....

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Yazda delegation meets with US lawmakers in Washington

On November 21 and 22, 2015, Yazda delegation visited a number of U.S Senate and House of Representatives offices in Washington and held a series of meetings with senior staffers to discuss the Yazidi situation. The delegation focused on the Plight of Yazidis since 2014 ISIL barbaric attack and importance of the U.S intervention to support Yazidis and other religious minorities. Yazda provided a detailed information about the current state of Yazidi minority and the continued hardship of the people during and in the aftermath of the ISIL attack in August of 2014. The Delegation provided a briefing on the Yazidi captives, genocide recognition humanitarian conditions, mass graves documentation, among other topic. Yazda delegation urged the lawmakers to consider the urgent conditions of Yazidi refugees in the resettlement programs, Yazda also asked US officials to support rebuilding the...

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Yazda Advocacy Succeeds in Reopening the Shingal Ta’akhi Schools

In the Shingal (Sinjar) region, administrative responsibilities for education were divided between the Nineveh governorate (under the central government of Baghdad) and the KRG. The “Ta’akhi” (“brotherhood”) schools were high schools in Shingal that were run by the KRG, which allowed graduates to place equally with students inside Kurdistan Region into the Kurdistan university system. Yazidi students have had to face discrimination and disadvantages in achieving social and educational equality with others in the country. The Ta’akhi schools were important because only students who graduated from these schools—not those who graduate from high schools under Nineveh administration—were allowed to compete at the same level as other students for placement in Kurdistan universities. Students graduating from Nineveh-administered high schools are not allowed to submit their...

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Matthew Barber Appointed Executive Director of Yazda

The Yazda Board of Directors is pleased to designate Matthew Barber our new Executive Director for the remainder of 2015 and 2016. Over the next year Matthew will be working in Iraq to help our team develop a number of projects to reach out to displaced Yazidis throughout the Kurdistan region. Matthew has been involved in helping the Yazidis since the onset of the crisis which began August of last year, when he witnessed the effects of an attempted genocide. Matthew continues to advocate for the Yazidi cause in order to bring support to the Yazidi community. We look forward to providing many services to the Yazidi community as we work with Matthew on this very important mission. A personal message from Matthew: Yazda has demonstrated that it plays an indispensable role in advocacy for the Yazidi community, and in providing needed services for the Yazidi people. I am honored to have the...

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Aid distribution for 65 families

This week Yazda distributed 35 packages of winter clothes to displaced Syrian Yazidi refugees in Shariya Town, Dohuk. Yazda team also distributed 30 food and cleaning supplies packages to Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Khanke camp. Scarce aid distributions since summer of this year have put significant pressure on families. Yazda urges non-profits and international entities to resume aid distributions to alleviate the hardship of displaced and often, jobless IDP populations.   Winter clothes distribution Matthew Barber, Yazda Executive director of Iraq participates in aid...

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UN Special Adviser Adama Dieng Visits Yazda

On November 6th, 2015, Yazda was honored to receive a UN delegation led by Mr. Adama Dieng, the Under-Secretary-General and Special Advisor to Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on the Prevention of Genocide. Accompanying Mr. Dieng were Mario Buil-Merce, a Political Affairs Offier and assistant to Mr. Dieng, and Ms. Katherine Cornett, a Human Rights Officer for UNAMI. During the hour-long meeting between members of Yazda and the UN personnel, Yazda members briefed Mr. Dieng on Yazda’s efforts to support the Yazidi community and its project to document the attempted genocide of the Yazidis in August of 2014. Yazda’s Executive Director Matthew Barber and Manager of Operations Jameel Chomer discussed with Mr. Dieng and his delegation some of the unresolved issues regarding possibilities for Yazidis to return and find healing. Another key topic of discussion was whether similar campaigns of...

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Yazda delegation met British Minister of International Development in London

London, United Kingdom. On November 3, 2015 Yazda delegation met in London with Mr. Desmond Swayne, the British Minister of International Development, to discuss the plight of Yazidis. The British Government invited Yazda in response to a Yazda petition filed earlier this year that received support from more than 222,000 signatories. The one-hour long meeting took place at the House of Commons. Present from Yazda were Ahmed Khudida-Yazda Director in UK, and the two Yazidi activists and Yazda members, Rozin Hanjool and Maher Ghanim. Other participants included Lara Whyte, a British Journalists and supporter for the Yazidi cause and Katherine Sladden-Campaigns director at UK Change.org and a supporter for the Yazidi cause. The delegation provided a thorough overview on the plight of Yazidis in the aftermath of the genocidal campaign on the Yazidi people by the terrorist organization...

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Yazda condemns approval of the new Iraqi Nationality Law

Yazda strongly condemns the new civil law that the Iraqi Parliament passed in its session held in Baghdad on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. The new legislation contains a bias against minority religions and threatens the polarized religious order in Iraq to the detriment of Iraq's religious minorities. The new legislation does not take into account the doctrines and beliefs of other faiths in Iraq. This bias is not in line with the Iraqi Constitution or the principle of equality and represents a blatant violation of the basic principles of democracy, human rights, and more importantly freedom of belief. The new legislation – like many preceding Iraqi laws that discriminate against other faiths and undermine human rights – is unjust to the people of other faiths. This legislation provides legal rights for non-Muslims to convert to Islam while it criminalizes conversion of Muslims to...

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Yazda Prsident Haider Elias meets with Congressman Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security

Yazda Prsident Haider Elias meets with Congressman Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security It is one of our core values to advocate for what works best for theYazidi people, and we believe seeking refugee resettlement outside the Middle East will save thousands of lives if not more. Haider Elias expounded how international condemnation and concrete actions are needed urgently to stem the wave of Islamic State mayhem and destruction, but made it clear that we can`t ignore the existential threat to Yazidi community and its ability to survive as a religious minority in the region. Congressman Michael McCaul, Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, introduced the Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act. This bill requires the Administration, when considering the admission of refugees from Iraq and Syria, to prioritize the resettlement...

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A Day of Support and Activities for Female Yazidi Survivors

(Women and girls liberated from ISIL slavery are Yazda's top priority) On October 16th, Yazda's team in Dohuk brought thirty-two women and girls to Lalish Temple, the holiest site in the Yazidi faith, as part of a rehabilitation program for liberated survivors of ISIL captivity. There, the survivors met his holiness Baba Sheikh, and his holiness, Baba Chawish, the main spiritual leaders of the Yazidi faith. The religious leaders offered emotional and religious support to the survivors, discussing the problems they faced, answering their questions, and encouraging them to reintegrate into society. Baba Sheikh also expressed his appreciation and pride in their bravery through the ordeal they faced, openheartedly welcoming them back to their faith. His holiness also expressed his deep appreciation for Yazda's efforts in offering continued psychological and psychosocial treatment for...

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Yazda signed a letter of shared understanding with the Norwegian Refugee Alliance

  In the interest of promoting cooperation between local and foreign organizations in supporting women liberated from ISIS captivity, Yazda signed a letter of shared understanding with the Norwegian Refugee Alliance whereby survivors will be received at centers for psycho-social rehabilitation and education in Duhok to participate in effective programs teaching job skills and handicrafts and offering rehabilitation and therapeutic programs allowing them to actively participate in daily life and to feel emotionally ready to engage in...

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Yazda Goes to the Hague Today

Yazda and the Free Yazidi Foundation Go to The Hague to Seek Genocide Recognition for the Yazidi Case This morning (Sept. 24, 2015), Yazda and the Free Yazidi Foundation will hand-deliver a report to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands, seeking genocide recognition for the Yazidi case. The report details the crimes committed by the self-identifying Islamic State (IS) against the Yazidi people and constitutes an official request that the ICC initiate a preliminary investigation into the ethnic cleansing and enslavement project targeting the Yazidis that began on Aug. 3, 2014. It is expected that such an investigation will find that the campaign conducted by IS against the Yazidis qualifies as genocide. The full report (redacted with sensitive testimonies removed) can be downloaded here This is a statement for the media that Murad Ismael will be...

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ICRC and Yazda: Financial Assistance for 50 Yazidi women and girls who escaped ISIL captivity

On September 20, 2015; The International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) and Yazda distributed financial aid to 50 Yazidi women and girls victims who managed to escape ISIL captivity and currently taking shelter in unfinished buildings in Dohuk Province. Financial support for the women consisted of 300,000 Iraqi Dinar (Equivalent to 250 US dollars) that was given as cash to each victim. The distribution took place at Yazda center in Dohuk Yazda global leadership, on behalf Yazidi women and their families, are thankful for ICRC for their...

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CBS Interview with Chicago Student Helping Yazda

chicago.cbslocal.com |   CHICAGO (CBS) — If you travel far into the scraggly hills of Northern Iraq, you will find the Yazidi people. One year ago, Isis soldiers kidnapped more than 3,000 girls and women from the Yazidi community, some as young as nine years old. They are now being held and sold as sex slaves among ISIS members. One of the only people on the planet who knows the Yazidi people well is Matthew Barber, a young PhD student from the University of Chicago. “The Yazidi people were targeted in their homeland of the Sinjar mountain area by the IS jihadist organization, who slaughtered large numbers of men, converted others to Islam and,” he paused before continuing, “kidnapped several thousand Yazidi women.” He spoke with CBS2’s Kate Sullivan before leaving for Iraq, where he is taking a one year break from his doctoral studies to help save the women and...

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Yazda receives women and girls who have escaped ISIL captivity on a daily basis

At its headquarters in Dohuk, Iraq, Yazda receives women and girls who have escaped ISIL captivity on a daily basis. The team documents the survivors' stories and distributes clothes and childrens' supplies, processing 309 cases in the month of August alone. To date, 709 survivors have been registered in the program, with 400 files having been sent to the Women's Protection Office and the rest soon to...

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Storm causes destruction and panic in Khanke Camp, Kurdistan Region-Iraq

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7cC66xu4lBI&feature=youtu.be On September 7th, Yazda team visited camp of Khanke near Duhok city, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The visit came after a dramatic storm swept through the area the night before.   Yazda would like to support a community of 500 refugees families affected by a devastating storm in Khanke camp. Help Yazda raise 125k to support the 500 refugees families affected by a devastating storm in Khanke camp. We hope to raise money to pay each family 250 dollars  for shelter, food and...

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Mr. Luis Ocampo, former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court paid a special visit to Yazda center

Mr. Luis Ocampo, former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court paid a special visit to Yazda center in Northern Iraq, and met with a number of victims who have escaped from ILIS `s servitude. As one of our core principles, we strive to work on our maximum ability for attracting, on-boarding, and retaining mega organizations in the region to help the Yazidi families, in order to connect the Yazidi voice to every part of the world. Today, the former chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mr. Luis Ocampo, visited our center, and listened to the Yazidi victims for hours; talking about the enormity of the Islamic State militants, and their brutality toward these families during the time of captivity. He zeroed on the ISIL atrocity against these vulnerable women`s stories that hasn’t gotten enough media attention, specially these women whom were grabbed by...

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Medical Clinic Support in Sheikhan

Yazda continues its support of the Essyan clinic in Sheikhan as demand increases. Over 2000 patients a week from the displaced Yezidi community in the area are receiving treatment, more than are served by much larger hospitals in the...

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Report on Yazda work on the Zagros TV channel

  The Yazda team in Iraq is continuing the process of issuing payment cards for female Yazidi survivors who escaped from ISIS captivity. Over the past week nearly 150 cards have been distributed in coordination with the authorities in Duhok Province and the KRG. Through this program, initiated by Yazda with the Iraqi government, Yazidi women and girls will be eligible to receive monthly allowances from the Iraqi government of 125 USD per month, which still falls short of their needs. More help is needed to ensure the full reintegration of these women and girls into society, to support their rehabilitation, and to meet their basic assistance...

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Yazda receives approval for monthly allowances for Yazidi women who are former captives of ISIS

fter eight months of paperwork processing and advocacy, Yazda and Iraqi authorities have successfully completed the final stage in securing monthly allowances of 100 USD for Yazidi women and girls who have escaped ISIS captivity. An estimated 228 applications have been approved by the Iraqi Central Government and are currently being processed at the Yazda center in Dohuk for payment card issuance. Government authorities and Yazda staff will issue the 228 payment cards to the women victims this week. This social support program will enable the women and girls to receive a lifelong monthly payment. This small amount will not provide for all the needs of thsee women, however, but it is essential as most of the women are without any income and many have lost those who once supported the family financially. The initiative to secure monthly payments for these Yazidi women and girls was...

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ISIS: A Caliphate of Torture and Rape

By Yazda board member Laila Khoudeida I recorded this Sinjar survivor account in my notebook as it was related to me by "FA," a Yazidi woman who managed to escape ISIS captivity late last year. She wanted to share her story with the world but chose not to share her name. Originally from a town called Tel Ezer in the Sinjar region, FA is a 23-year-old Yazidi woman from a very large family. Her neighborhood was home to thirteen other families who were closely related to her—grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends. On Aug. 3, 2014, when FA heard the news about ISIS entering nearby Yazidi towns, she did not realize how quickly she would be forced to become the slave of one ISIS militant after another. After learning the frightening news, she and her family members gathered themselves so that they could head for the mountains. But they were too late. The ISIS militia had...

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“America’s Heartland Helps Iraq’s Yazidis” Yazda team members speaking to Voice of America

VOANEWS | Aug, 15 2015 featured image from: Telegraph.co.uk Attacks by the self-styled "Islamic State," also known as ISIL, on the Yazidi religious minority in the mountains of northern Iraq have driven thousands of men, women and children into refugee camps -- where life remains uncertain and difficult. Small Yazidi immigrant communities in the U.S. heartland are trying to provide relief to their brethren in Iraq and alert the world to their plight. What haunts Murad Ismael is a cell phone call from a Yazidi woman after Islamic State fighters captured her and her companions last year. “They shot four more women. I could hear them shooting. Then they threw them away, they threw their bodies away. They said their bodies had been kept for the dogs,” he said. Harrowing stories Ismael said women who have escaped tell many stories of young girls committing suicide rather than...

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August 14th marks the 8th Anniversary of first Terrorist attack on Sinjar

  Men dig through rubble to search for survivors.   Yazda: By Haider Elias   Yesterday marked the 8th Anniversary of the terrorists attacks on Sinjar, an anniversary in concession with the massacre of Kojo on August 15, 2014. Similar to Kojo attack,  the radical group of AlQaida  attacked Yazidi villages with four car bombs and killed 600 people and injured over  1,200. Including 75 bodies  that were never found. Four truck bombs were approached in a massive coordinated attack against members of Yazidi religion in the two districts: Till Azear, and Syba Shaykhider, Southern part of Sinjar, Northern Iraq. These nearly simultaneous explosions were the  deadliest attack in Iraq that year and one of the most lethal since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. The set off of the four terrifying explosions ripped through those villages were "Earthquake" that level the two...

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Yazda member Matthew Barber speaks to Yahoo News

Islamic State uses theology to justify rape, enslavement of Yazidi women At least 3,144 Yazidis are still being held by the self-styled Islamic State, The New York Times reports. Militant leaders cite the Quran in justifying the enslavement of women....

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Yazda Member Rozin Khalil petitions UK government to help Yazidi Women and Girls

My name is Rozin, I'm a 17 year old Yazidi girl living in Coventry. I came here with my family in 2008 when it became too dangerous for us in Iraq. More than 3,000 Yazidi women and girls have been kidnapped by ISIS in Northern Iraq. They have been raped and tortured by their captors. Last week three girls, who managed to escape, visited London and told their stories....

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Yazda Organization supported this Yazidi child Dileen whose diagnosed with eye cancer in Northern Iraq with $ 1000 to pay for her surgery.

Yazda Organization supported this Yazidi child Dileen whose diagnosed with  eye cancer in Northern Iraq with $ 1000 to pay for her surgery. After ISIL attacks on mount Sinjar, the family of Child Dileen was among thousands of Yazidi families trapped with no water, or food for weeks. She had the eye cancer and needed to be treated, but after moving to refugee camps her family couldn’t afford paying for the surgery to save their daughter`s life. Since it is one of Yazda core values to support the children whom have been victims of violence, we have led the march toward supporting this vulnerable child to help the family soothe the turmoil, and the pain they experiencing. It’s a hard time in our lives, to say the least. But the amazing outpouring of support from our friends and community members will go a long way to make it easier. Our organization is passionately committed to...

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Yazidi refugees flee ISIS, but find door to US asylum closed

Foxnews | By Perry Chiaramonte A year after U.S. airstrikes and Kurdish fighters saved Iraq's Yazidi population from death at the hands of ISIS atop Mount Sinjar, the historic religious enclave is facing death in its homeland and a cold shoulder from America, say activists. Despite the ongoing threat of execution in Iraq, nearly all Yazidis, a Kurdish monotheistic community that lives throughout Iraq, Syria, Turkey and even Armenia and Georgia, who have applied for asylum in the U.S. have been rejected, FoxNews.com has learned. The reason why is not clear, but advocates say Washington is turning a blind eye on the situation. “What we are seeing, in real time, is genocide,” said Frank Wolf, a former congressman from Virginia and senior fellow at 21st Century Wilberforce, a nonprofit that seeks to protect Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. “To declare...

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The Yazda medical team continues to provide medical services to Esseyan Camp

The Yazda medical team continues to provide medical services to Esseyan Camp, a community of more than 14,000 refugees in the Duhok area. The team provided complimentary medical examinations, medicine, and other services to 1,659 patients in the week of July 27th to August 2nd. Services included more than 300 tests, such as blood test, diabetes, etc.,with seven patients referred for treatment at the hospital in...

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Yazda activities over the past two weeks

- A visit by the Chaledean-Christian religious leadership and Help Iraq Organization. The two sides discussed the way forward to respond to this crisis. - A visit by Sylvie Bianchi, an international consultant from Belgium in projects on violence, and representatives of Red Pencil organization. The visit served to investigate the crisis faced by Yazidi women and how better to help them, including the possibility of trauma therapy through art. - A visit by a US-based team of Assyrian-American activists to discuss the situation and how better to respond to the humanitarian crisis. - A one-day training session for Yazda staff working with the women victims of violence. The session was conducted by Rozna, an expert on the subject of violence against women with many years of experience working with victims of...

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Yazda supports 26 women and girls who managed to escape captivity

On Monday, July 27, a group of 26 women and young girls were inducted into a rehabilitation program for Yazidi survivors of ISIS captivity, set up earlier this year by Yazda. The objective of the program is to ensure returning survivors are welcomed back into the Yazidi community and are provided access to social and health professionals, emergency amenities, and spiritual mentorship. “It is so important that all returning survivors be shown how much we, the Yazidi community, are embracing them and that we are doing whatever we can to support their healing process,” says Murad Ismael, a board member of Yazda. The women, aged 21 to 70, visited the holy temple of Lalish, where they were greeted by His Holiness Baba Sheikh and Baba Chawish, the supreme religious leaders of the Yazidi faith. The spiritual leaders blessed the women, praising them for their courage and strength...

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Yazda continues its support of the community

Yazda remains committed to its support of Yazidi women who have escaped ISIS captivity and providing humanitarian aid to those in need. Yazda has provided humanitarian assistance to many survivors within the last month: 78 baskets full of personal women's items have been distributed to the female survivors 1,000 toys were distributed to the children of the survivors. Three wheelchairs and crutches $700 donated to orphans in the area of Dalal Further items such as diapers and sandals were...

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PBS: Escaping ISIS… Here is how you can help the Yazidis

PBS Frontline recently featured featured a program about the ongoing suffering of the Yazidi people. Here is how you can help: 1 - Write to your representatives in Congress to discuss the Yazidi genocide. Encourage the adoption of legislation to protect the Yazidis in their homeland, or to grant them refuge in the United States. 2 - Support Yazda so Yazda can support escaped women. To date, Yazda has assisted hundreds of Yazidi women with emergency aid, psychological, social, and medical support. Click here for direct online donations, or here to donate through our GoFundMe...

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Yazda partners with World Health Organization (WHO)

After several weeks of dialogue between the two parties, Yazda is thrilled to announce its partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO has agreed to support Yazda's mission to provide free medical support to internally displaced persons in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq....

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Yazda participates in two-day workshop

In a collaborative project to document the atrocities committed against minorities in Sinjar and other places, the following organizations met at the Yazda office for opening discussions:...

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Staff Training in Yazda Center

On Jun 22nd , the Yazda staff met with Matthew Barber who offered a training session on listening and sensitivity when interacting with people in pain. One of the objectives of Yazda's work is to offer a sense of safety and care to victims of ISIS...

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Yazda first online fundraiser campaign

Today, thousands of Yazidi men, women and children remain without homes after a violent and devastating attack by the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State in August 2014....

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Woodedge Church

On Sunday May 17 Yazda representatives Haider Elias , and Qassim Chomer visited Woodedge Community Church and gave a power point presentation about the Plight of Yazidis...

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Yazda in Zawita

We are not celebrating Yezidi  new year  with kids delight ... BUT we share their worries and sorrows and hope the salvation of our abductees...

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Meeting with IOM

Yazda representative Haider Elias, and the President of ICAE Joseph Kassab, met with director of Community Stabilization Unit in International Organization for Migration (IOM), Alexandre...

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Yazda activities in Khanke Refugee Camp

In corporation with Khanke camp and several other organizations, including Harikar org, Actid org, and Uncif, we distributed stationary and toys to 270 children. These organizations also...

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Infant Formula Distribution

In coordination with the Migration and Immigrants office that affiliates with Ninaveh Province Council, Yazda have distributed 600 cans of infants formula. The distribution have covered 150...

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Yazda Members persent the Yazidi case

            On March 29, 2015 Yazda team presented the Yazidi case to the residence of Central City, State of Nebraska. The team discussed the Yazidi history, religion, and focused on the current conditions of both Yazidi and Christian minorities whose entire population has been dislocated to Internally Displaced Camps in Northern Iraq....

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Meeting with Ambassador David Saperstein

  Yazda representative Haider Elias and President of Iraqi Christian Advocacy & Empowerment Institute Joseph Kassab, were in a meeting with David Saperstein; the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, in U.S. State Department. The discussion was about the Yazidis and Christians` current situations in Northern Iraq. Both Yazidi and Christian minorities have been marginalized, and discriminated in series of episodes throughout their recent history in Iraq. The most devastating campaign against the Yazidis is in last several months by Islamic State groups. These groups who kill systematically members of ethnic and religious minorities, such as Yazidis and Christians. Those who do not share their interpretation of religion and anyone who opposes their apocalyptic conception are simply faced the persecution. Both representatives urged the Ambassador to support...

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Support for children education in Kabarto camp

In Kabarto camp, a refugee camp in northern Iraq, children have been out of school since August, 3rd of last year when the Islamic State waged an attack on yazidi and committed a genocide. Yazda , "Initiative for Ezidis around the World‎" and Rainbow group  distributed stationary supplies to 350 children,. Rainbow group is a group of  Teachers volunteers with a mission to deliver education to children outside schools, is managing this teaching activity. If you wish to contribute, please visit our website www.yazda.org where donations are accepted through our online payment system....

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Supporting 1040 families with humanitarian aid

Yazda and "Initiative for Ezidis around the World" within less than a week have completed a campaign of aid distribution to 1040 families . This aid consisted of the following items: clothes, shoes and blankets. The campaign have been conducted in the following areas: - Esia & Sharia villages 500 families - Deralok 270 families - Bakhatmy village 110 families - Bazilan village 100 families - The incomplete buildings of Tanahi 40 families. - The incomplete buildings of Nazarky 20 families. Thanks to those who have donated these items; 4semtv , the German Charity Association ( Malteser), Mr. Sheikh Aziz and to all the people that do their best to help our people ....

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Children on Mt. Sinjar, A story of innocence.

In Sardashti area and other spots on Mt. Sinjar where the Yazidi minority ancestral home is, Children have been victims of the war where the their head gunshots, mortars, missiles and air strikes on daily basis. On Mt. Sinjar all families live in tents , there is a dire need for the basic necessities of life, people there struggled to fight the cold of winter, no heating systems, with some families who live in the caves, too, there are no schools or hospitals in the area. The Yazidi children need your voice and support... tell the world their forgotten story and help us so we can help them....

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Distribution of aid to 350 displaced families in Aneshkey

In Aneshkey village near Dohuk, several hundreds of internally displaced families are living under challenging conditions. Humanitarian aid have reached only a few times because of the remoteness of the area and mountainous nature of the field. Today, our team reached the village and provided humanitarian aid to the people, aid consisted of clothes, shoes, crutches and baby milk and diapers. Special thanks to “Hamburgs êzidische Community” and Dr. Kareem Kamal for their support HêC- Hamburgs êzidische Community...

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Distribution of other amounts of baby milk to the displaced people

Yazda NGO in  cooperation with Areej Development Centre  and Commission of  relief & care of displaced people in province of Dohuk  Distributed  1030 cans of baby milk to 260 children  in Dohuk Each share of this aid consisted of 5 milk cans per child.Displaced people are  in dire need of baby milk as well as most of basic life requirements,  lot of displaced families use unhealthy food to feed their children due to the high prices of baby milk and this matter has led to the emergence of many diseases among children....

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Yazda provides aid to the forgotten displaced people in Sinjar Mnt.

within the  ongoing efforts of  YAZDA   to provide relief to the displaced people in the villages and residential complexes in  Sinjar mount  especially in those forgotten places by others and hard-to-reach such as  Perry Aura and Sheikh Shams and Sheikh Barakat  temples and Osva in the north east side of the mount, recently  Yazda collaboration with Areej Foundation and International Association for the values ​​of humanity to take off from its headquarters in Dohuk to those conclusive places distances in the atmosphere rainy access to where displaced people most in need in those spots...

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A delegation from IAHV visited Yazda center in Dohuk

Mouahib AL-Shaibani, the  president of International Association for Human Values(IAHV), which is directly affiliated to the world's spiritual Hindu Shri Shri Ravi Shankar and it is a part of the programs of the United Nations regarding  humanitarian development projects , visits Yazda center with a delegation from IAHV  represented by:  - Mr. Twana ,IAHV Office Manager...

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Will you help Yazda NGO & Rainbow group to educate 650 children ?

Yazda and Rainbow group had distributed some toys and stationery to 650 children in Mamilian / Akrey  camp , we were able to recognize the smile on their faces despite the miserable life conditions for them .... They are in dire need of all life necessities, BUT when asked them about what they want they did not ask us to bring them clothes , food nor to build houses for them!! all they wanted was a school , a place where they can find something they can read "We just want a tent to study in , we want no food or houses "  it was hard for us to hear this from a 10 years old child!   all they care about is education ....

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We made 750 children smile , what about you?

In Sinjar Mount , in which all kinds of tragedy happened ,Hundreds of children are forgotten and deprived of most  of their basic rights .. they wake up on the sounds of gunshots, rather than the voice of the school bell, which is the place they supposed to be  in ! Wishes of each child there is simply a dummy! the only way they can get out of the hell in which they live, Is their own imagination. During the distribution of  toys by Yazda voluntary  team in Sinjar Mnt.  the children  were very eager and happy.. A toy for them was a special world, where they were able for a few moments to forget the fact that they are living in tents .We saw a smile on their faces despite all the tragedy in which they live in. They live in small tents without electricity and heating means, WAR is the only thing they saw since their first heart beat .. They need your voice because no one...

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Yazda reaches aid to Sinjar Mnt.

Yazda voluntary  team  reached Mount Sinjar  -  Sardashte area and distributed some aid  on 500 families. This aid was send by “Hamburgs êzidische Community” from Germany and consisted of the following materials -cloths (250 shares) - blankets and quilts  (200) -washing powder (80) -tooth  brushes & toothpaste  (400) -baby soup (50) -crutchs (3)...

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Distribution of 2450 cans of baby milk to the displaced people

Yazda NGO in  cooperation with Areej Development Centre  and Commission of  relief & care of displaced people in province of Dohuk  Distributed  2450 cans of baby milk to 490 children  in Dohuk and Dalal City structures - Zakho Each share of this aid consisted of 5 milk cans per child.Displaced people are  in dire need of baby milk as well as most of basic life requirements,  lot of displaced families use unhealthy food to feed their children due to the high prices of baby milk and this matter has led to the emergence of many diseases among children....

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Disease is still spreading among the displaced people under the accumulation of dirt in the camps

Displaced people suffering from major problems, on top of these problems is  the accumulation of dirt and lack of availability of cleaning services which led to the spread of many diseases . As an effective step to remedy this problem, Yazda  involved for the  second time in an extensive cleaning campaign in  Bersfy camp The campaign has established by the  participation of many organizations, including UNICEF ,Haricar and a large numbers of displaced people in the camp As well as camp management and the health center of the camp....

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Distribution of aid to 150 displaced families in Khanki

Yazda in cooperation with the  Jian organization distributed 150 share of relief materials to displaced families in Khanki area,each share included  the following materials: -  4  cans of children milk - 3  blankets -  1 Stove -1 Oil heater...

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Seven months passed .. and thousands of abductees are still waiting to be rescued from ISIS hell

On the occasion of Women's Day, the Yezidi community condemns the carelessness of international community about the crimes committed against the Yezidi kidnapped girls as 217 days passed and still there is no plan to save them  while the international community did NOT move even a simple effective step to set them free from ISIS . 7 months passed and our girls still treated  as slaves and being sold  by ISIS .. Almost 3000 Yezidi girls are kidnapped by ISIS , most of them are forced to marry ISIS fighters .They are facing the most heinous crimes carried out against them .. are raped and humiliated, but the world still did not listening to their cries....

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Weekly visits and interviews summary for Yazda NGO

Despite the short time available  for Yazda  to start out the relief  and humanitarian support for the displaced people ,Yazda team was able to overcome the lack of funding and provide a lot of humanitarian aid to the people in  need  of such support. Yazda  well maintained to form business  relationships with many organizations to integrate our potentials with those organizations and provide humanitarian charity to people....

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Yazda NGO involved in the opening of VDU center event

Yazda responded to VDU center  invitation to attend the occasion of opening their center in Dohuk province .This event was attended by many local and international organizations as well as the Minister of Higher Education\Kurdistan and the President of University of Dohuk...

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Cooperation between Yazda & DRC NGO to help people who managed to escape from ISIS

Under the project  of supporting  survivors on the moral and physical level , Yazda  initiated cooperation and coordination with many other organizations, including the DRC organization that showed willingness to help and offer assistance to the survivors of abduction. For a period of two consecutive days, the staff  of both Yazda & DRC NGO   made interviews with tens of  survivors  who managed to escape from ISIS  with the aim to provide them support ....

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Terrorization of the Yezidi and Christian people by ISIS: A Look Through the Eyes of Iraqi Yezidis

Yazda staff will be presenting the Yezidi case in Central City on March 29th. This is a public event and all is welcome to join in this eye opening presentation. The speakers include Hadi Pir, Abid Shamdeen and Laila Khoudeida of the Yezidi community in Lincoln NE. Each speaker will discuss different topics related to the Yezidi case. The speakers will discuss the atrocities faced by the Yezidis and Christians in Iraq. Special thanks to Christie Ahlschwede-Abdul and Anna McHargue for organizing this event....

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You can buy a child’s smile !

Over than 1,200 displaced  families live in villages of Bait Nar and Mam Rchan \ Sheikhan - Dohuk province, most of those who live in the structures suffer from lack of heating means and basic requirements of life. Through our team's visits to this region we queried about the conditions of the displaced people, and saw that the status of displaced people, especially children is disastrous .Because of the bad roads that link the area to the region around and that the two villages are far away from Dohuk , the aid that reaches them is too few ....

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Still there are many of displaced people abandoned by international community

In Bajid Kandla camp which shelters thousands of displaced people ,  hundreds of humanitarian organizations reach their voice to the world and despite the presence of both  Kurdistan and Iraq  governments, there are hundreds of cases that are suffering from the winter cold, because  there is no place anywhere  to protect them....

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Distribution of Bedding materials in Zakho

The members of Yazda N.G.O distributed 90 cartons of sleep kits  to families most in need in Dalal City structures in Zakho, where each carton contained the following : - 2 blankets (small and large)...

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WE, “Women Empowerment” project

WE, "Women Empowerment" will have various impacts on the community because of its diverse nature. The increasing number of refugees all over Iraq and particularly in Kurdistan is becoming a burden on the government and the society in general, and without the collective efforts of local organizations the issue will get much worse. WE is the idea of five Iraqi State Department Alumni who really came from different religious, educational,...

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Yazda N.G.O involved in the cleaning campaign in Bersvi camp

After noticing the accumulation of garbage and the spread diseases in the camps  Yazda NGO involved in the campaign of cleaning Bersvi camp in Zakho, which began on Monday ,23/2/2015 with the participation of many civil society organizations, including UNICEF, Howcar and other Organizations ....

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Displaced children seek for your assistance

Through our visits to the  camps we observed  that the status of displaced  children - as well as their families- is very bad and needs to emergency support. Thousands of children suffer from a lack of the most basic necessities of life, especially clothing , baby milk and shoes . To the extent that the majority of children walking barefoot through this winter on the muddy lands of camps! And the most important point is that kids do not get any education due to the  lack of schools and kindergartens which could be disastrous for the future of an entire generation....

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The begining of distributing aid to some camps

After sorting clothes, which reached to Yazda by "Hamburgs êzidische Community" , Yazda in collaboration with members of "Initiative for Ezidis around the World" distributed clothes as the following : - 300 shares in Khanki structures -  160 shares in the villages: Mserreqi and Kashi...

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Yazda team finishes sorting and classification processes and preparing for the distribution of about 65000 pieces of clothing

Yazda voluntary team has finished   sorting and classification operations of  about 13 tons  of clothing  sent by "Hamburgs êzidische Community" in Germany. In the next few days , Yazda N.G.O In collaboration with "Initiative for Ezidis around the World" will distribute about 65000 pieces of different types of clothing for all ages to displaced people in Dohuk province camps, where  people are in dire need of support....

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The distribution of 90 share of milk and other materials in Zozan camp – Dohuk

Yazda N.G.O & "Initiative for Ezidis around the world"  in collaboration with "Ninava first" group distributed 90 share of milk to displaced people in Zozan camp, located in the north of the city of Dohuk. Children of displaced families are in dire need of the most basic needs of life. their health & social status is so bad . Any small effort of the world will be a great support for them....

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Yazda staff presents the Yazidi case at Wesleyan University

On February 11, 2015 Yazda organization presented at Wesleyan University. This event was organized by professors and students from the Social Work department at Welseyan. Yazda speakers showed maps and discussed the current conditions of he displaced Yezidis in Iraq....

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Yazda officially receives tax exempt status

After months of paperwork hurdle, Yazda received final approval on its application for filing for tax exempt status, Yazda now is officially a recognized national Non-Profit organization under sections 501 (c) (3) for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  The 501 (c) (3) status allow Yazda organization to operate within the United States and around the world and accept tax exempt donations, this means that any donations made to Yazda since August 2014 and beyond can be claimed when filing taxes with IRS. This in a milestone for Yazda and its staff, whom been working around the clock to get support to the Yazidis and other minorities whom been pursed by the terrorist organization known as "Islamic State". 501 (c) (3) status  will allow Yazda to collect more donations and apply for national grants. Yazda is committed to be work around the clock to mitigate the impact of genocide...

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The arrival of a truck of relief materials to Yazda center from Germany

Today  Yazda center in Duhok received  about 13 tons of relief materials  consisted  of clothes, toys ,shoes and some other minor necessities of life. the  shipment was collected by the efforts of  "Initiative for Ezidis around the World" and  "Hamburgs êzidische Community" members in Hamburg - Germany....

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The treatment of children infected with dermatologist

After observation of some cases of  infectious dermatologist in Qathya  camp - Zakho "initiative for Ezidis around the world"   in collaboration with Yazda N.G.O transported 9 children who were infected with these diseases to Azadi hospital in Dohuk for purpose of medical treatment....

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Yazda distributed relief materials to displaced people in Batley

Today,   Yazda organization  team distributed 50 share of clothing to displaced people in Batley structures . Each share consisted of different pieces of winter clothing for all ages. Yazda  is making its quest to provide support and assistance to the families that live in camps and structures in different places due to poor living conditions for them.  ...

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Work of the Commission concerned with liberated people from ISIS

Yazda N.G.O  formed a specialized committee concerned with the affairs of  victims  who managed to escape from ISIS recently . People with experience in psychotherapy volunteered   to work on this committee. Where we bring the emancipated people  to the organization center, the  team conducted the interview with the victims . we rote down detailed information about the victims and what happened to them in ISIS detentions and insert all of that in a secured database. After the interview the committee  directs  the victims to the best way which, they can compensate for the psychological damage they suffered....

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The ongoing work of Yazda N.G.O volunteered team

After the establishment of a branch of  Yazda N.G.O  in Iraq, members of the volunteers they entered information and status of  IDPs in a digital database as they continue their voluntary throughout the day, where they set up a huge database of liberated girls from the hands of ISIS terrorists and special cases such as orphans and patients in order to use this data as a reference to provide support and assistance to them, as well as documentary evidence....

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Yazda distributes humanitarian assistance to 72 freed Yazidi women

Yazda, in corporation with Save Iraqi Christian Organization, delivered support to some 72 freed Yazidi hostages, this help included: 1- Bed: Mattress, blanket and a pillow ( 49,000 Iraqi Dinar) 2- Winter coat ( 15,000 ID) 3- Women clothes (69, 000 ID) 4- Women personal needs (15,000 ID) 5- cleaning supplies (18,000 ID) Total of 160, 000 Iraqi Dinar per individual....

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Save Iraqi Christians Organization supported Yazda with $10,000 for the Yazidi women whom have been victims of Terror

Save Iraqi Christians Organization offered its Support to Yazda with $10,000 to help 75 Yazidi women whom have been victims of ISIL in Iraq. Anything, from winter cloths to housing subsidies has been our top priority for survivors of terror violence. Yazda members testified in supporting those helpless Yazidis, and urged the Humanitarian organizations to expand their eligibility at this time of need.  At this difficult times, we show our sincere gratitude to  Save Iraqi Christians Organization  who have extended their hands to help the Yazidis....

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In Partnership with Initiative for Yazidis Around the World Yazda Organization distributes Winter clothes to 150 Yazidi families in Northern Iraq.

Yazidi crisis in Northern Iraq is the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era and great number of displaced  families are now facing food shortages on top of unbearable winter conditions. At the start of this year it is estimated that 400,000 Yazidi refugees are in need of winter aid to survive the coming months Today,  Yazda with its great affords was able to partner with the Initiative for Yazidis around the World to distribute a collection of winter clothes that was donated by WAH Group from Erbil. Thanks to those donors and well-wishers on behalf of the Yazidi people.    ...

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Yazda representatives meet Iraqi President Fuad Masum.

In a coordination with the Initiative for Yazidis Around The World, Yazda representatives had a meeting with the Iraqi President Fuad Masum to discuss possible solutions for the tragedy that Yazidi community is going through. Our representatives demanded the pledge for rights of every Ezidi to be equally treated, regardless of background, race, ethnicity, or religious status. The persecution of religious minorities in Iraq such as Yazidis, has intensified in recent months and has now reached very critical levels. Although the Iraqi government has done so little to stop the persecution of Yazdis, who are systematically denied social and political rights; we still need to push them in order to be able to preserve the Yazidis rights and...

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Sewa and IAHV’s Houston Fundraiser for Iraq’s Yazidi Victims Raises $26,000

By Foram Mehta @IamFoprah | January 06, 2015 By Ravi Raghavan HOUSTON— Houston’s Indian-American community in Houston stepped forward in solidarity with the Yazidi ethno-religious minority of Iraq and contributed more than $26,000 at a successful inter-faith “Yazidi Awareness Day and Fundraiser” at a packed “India House” on December 14th, held under the aegis of three NGOs – Sewa International, Yazda and International Association for Human Values (IAHV)....

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In coordination with Nawruz (American Iranian Organization) Yazda has delivered and distributed 8 tons of food and other essential materials to those families in Mount Sinjar

    Since August 3rd 2014 Thousands of Yazidi Families have taken refuge in Mount Sinjar, and until recently the area had been under the siege by Islamic State. These families are in desperate need of food, water, shelter, and warm clothing for the harsh weather conditions. Many people are staying in substandard, overcrowded shelters and suffering from hunger and extreme weather. Today, Yazda Organization and in cooperation with Nawruz ( American Iranian Organization) have reached these families who have been severely affected by food shortage. They have distributed 8 tons of food and other materials to these families in the...

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Yazda support for victims of Yazidi genocide

On December 23th, Yazda organization distributed clothes  and provided financial support for several special cases where Yazidi families that most affected. We visited five families that are also relative, the five families lost 35 individuals during the Yazidi Plight, those who were killed in front of their survivors or those who are still held hostages in the hands of ISIL. Yazda provided clothing for the children and contributed 200 dollars for the family for medical examination and other necessary needs. Three of the families lost everyone  except of one child each survived. the  families live in a tent that is covered by mold without heat amid severe cold winter....

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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. By: Syeda Hasan, December 15th, 2014 06:00 AM 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 organization distributed some winter appliances in northern 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

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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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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Tragedy interrupts lives of U.S. Yazidis

By Aaron Bowles Hadi Pir, Haider Elias and Murad Mail found their ways to America after working with the U.S. Army as translators during the Iraq war in 2003. For Pir, coming to America meant leaving behind the troubles of home and creating a new life in Lincoln for himself and his family....

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Yazda participates the Diwali festival for the Hindus in Houston, TX

On October 25th, two Yazda members, Dawood Joli and Rashid Murad, represented the Yazda organization by attending the Diwali festival in Houston, TX. Responding to an invitation sent by the Hindus of Greater Houston to our organization, Yazda members were warmly welcomed by Mr. Vijay who accompanied them during the festival and introduced them to the public. Eight thousand people participated in this event that included attractive performances of cultural music, dancing, candles, singing, and praying. This event was the first step in building the relationship between our community and the...

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YEZIDIS RALLY TO STOP GENOCIDE AND SLAVERY

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....

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Yazda members visit the Board of Woman’s Ministry at the First Plymouth Churchin Lincoln, NE

  Lincoln, NE 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...

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Yazidi community meets with a pastor from St. Marks Church in Lincoln NE

Lincoln, NE 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...

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AFP NEWS : Kerry slams ‘abhorrent’ Yazidi slavery by IS militants

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."...

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A fundraising benefit concert hold at the College View Church in Lincoln NE

  Lincoln, NE October 17, 2014 A benefit concert was held on October 12th at the College View Church in Lincoln NE to raise funds for nonprofit organizations that are helping to provide humanitarian aid to ethnic minorities who have been targeted by ISIS and forced to leave their homes. Mayor Chris Beutler and Laila Khoudeida were invited to speak about ways the local community can help. Laila specifically spoke about the current conditions of the displaced Yazidis and addressed some of their most immediate needs as the winter approaches. The needs included helping purchase winter supplies such as gloves, coats, blankets and other winter materials to help keep these people warm during the winter months. Laila also gave personal stories of relatives who were trapped on mount Sinjar and stated that this was only one out of half million such stories and called on the...

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Lincoln’s Yazidis unite to fight latest–and maybe worst–persecution

Taalo Khudhar and Basee Naser and their family, from left: Firas Pirali, Feryal Pirali, Afrah Pirali, Naser, Khudhur and Fadi Pirali. They arrived in the U.S. in 2013 and worry about their families back home in Iraq./ Photo by Kathleen Anderson 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....

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Yazda organization members visit Holey Rosary Church in Houston

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...

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

IRAQ: ISIS USING YAZIDIS AS HUMAN SHIELDS AGAINST U.S. AIRSTRIKES by TERA DAHL  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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Iraq: ISIS Using Yazidis as Human Shields Against U.S. Airstrikes

by Tera Dahl 15 Sep 2014, 6:34 AM PDT 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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