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 held hostage by the Islamic State.
The participated parties requested from the Vatican to recognize Islamic States genocide against the Yazidis as a first step to bring ISIL to justice.
Nadia Murad met briefly with Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square during Pope’s May 3rd general audience. Pope Francis extended his warm welcome to Nadia and expressed the Vatican’s support for the Yazidis and other religious minorities.