Grand Valley State University’s Middle East Studies department in Michigan state – USA have hosted UNODC Good Will Ambassador Nadia Murad and Yazda representatives Haider Elias and Abid Kassim for a panel discussion titled “Justice and Healing for Victims of Genocide and Sexual Slavery: The Case of the Yazidis” on Monday, Nov. 20, in the DeVos Center’s Loosemore Auditorium.
The event was co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Human Rights, Liberal Studies Department, and Global Studies and Social Impact. President of Yazda, Haider Eilias gave the audience a presentation, highlighting and explaining the historical presence of Yazidi people in Mesopotamia and their suffering under the rule of all authorities who controlled these territories throughout the history, and last one that committed by ISIS members on August3rd,2014. In addition to that, Haider focused on the role of Yazda as a global Yazidi organization and how it was established and served Yazidi community after last genocide. He also projected the situations of the Yazidi people who have been displaced from their homeland for more than 3 years now, and urged the audience to do anything in their power to reach out to their congressional representatives, for supporting the Yazidi case, and push the school faculty to accept a number of Yazidi students in the University.
Nadia Murad talked about her story on ISIS captivity and her efforts to bring ISIS members to justice, and she also pointed out to the suffering of Yazidi children and women, especially those who are still in ISIS captivity with unknown fate