Yazidi

Two Mass Graves of Iraq’s Yazidi Minority Found Near Mosul – Official

ERBIL, Iraq, Nov 27 – Two mass graves of at least 18 members of Iraq’s Yazidi minority, thousands of whom have been killed and kidnapped by Daesh, have been discovered as security forces fight to dislodge the militants from Mosul, a local official said. Kurdish peshmerga forces found the grave near the Shababit junction in

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In Northern Iraq, Yazidis Risk All to Flee Daesh

By John Davison DUHOK, Iraq, Nov 27 – When shells began crashing around the town of Tal Afar as Shi’ite militias brought the fight to Daesh in northern Iraq, Abu Faraj saw his chance to escape captivity. He and 17 other members of the Yazidi religious community, one of Iraq’s oldest minorities, moved to the

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EU Parliament Awards Sakharov Prize to Yazidi Women

By Philip Blenkinsop BRUSSELS, Oct 27  – The European Parliament on Thursday awarded its Sakharov Prize to Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar, two Iraqi Yazidi women who were held as sex slaves by Daesh militants and have campaigned for human rights since escaping. Murad and Bashar were among thousands of women and girls abducted,

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Former Captive of Daesh Dedicates Rights Award to Persecuted Women

By Temesghen Debesai LONDON, Oct 11 – A Yazidi woman who was held captive and raped by Daesh militants in Iraq paid tribute to persecuted women and victims of human trafficking around the world as she received a human rights award from the Council of Europe. Nadia Murad Basee Taha became the fourth recipient of

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Daesh Using Birth Control To Maintain Sex Slaves

WASHINGTON, March 13 – Daesh is using several forms of contraception to maintain its supply of sex slaves, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing interviews with more than three dozen Yazidi women who escaped from the militant group. The New York Times reported that Daesh used “oral and injectable contraception, and sometimes both” to ensure that

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Yazidi Teenager Escaped Daesh, Appeals For Help For Sex Slaves

By Magdalena Mis LONDON, March 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – It was a “black morning” two years ago when Daesh militants seized the Yazidi town of Sinjar in northwest Iraq, abducting thousands of civilians including a 15-year-old girl and 27 members of her family. The teenager, Nihad Barakat Shamo Alawsi, was taken to Syria and

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Yazidi Woman begs U.N. Security Council to Wipe Out Daesh

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Dec 17 – A young Yazidi woman pleaded on Wednesday for the United Nations Security Council to wipe out Daesh after describing the torture and rape she suffered at hands of the militants, who abducted her as “war booty” and held her for three months. “Rape was used to destroy

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A Divided House

By Mohammed A. Salih Kurdistan’s future looks bleak, threatened by political rifts Hawre, 24, is struggling to make ends meet by selling sunglasses placed on a small table just a couple of yards away from Erbil’s millennia-old citadel. Hawre’s task, like others’, has become more difficult these days as Iraq’s Kurdish region is facing economic challenges

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