Who are the Yezidis? Why has ISIS made them such a target?

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Who are the Yezidis? Why have they been driven from their homes for their religious beliefs? Why has ISIS made them such a target? The Yezidi religion does not believe in a devil figure. Why are they labeled as devil worshippers? What is the US doing to help the Yezidis in Iraq? 

By now many of you have seen the headlines from the major media networks on the The Yezidi Exodus from Iraq. Headlines such as:

· Iraq's Yazidis: Who are they – and why are these 'devil worshipers' being persecuted by Isis?
· Girls Raped by ISIS Then Jump to their Death on Mount Shingal
· Yazidis Face Genocide by ISIS After U.S. Turns Away
· Dozens of Yazidi women ‘sold into marriage’ by ISIS
· In Iraq, An Entire Religion Faces Extinction For Something It Doesn't Believe

The Yazidi religion is a minority religion that believe in many aspects of the major religions such as Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam.Since the 1970s they have mainly lived in the city of Sinjar, near Mosul, which was created by during Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship and which they were forced into from their rural homes.

ISIS or the Islamic State considers the Yazidi to be apostates and its militants are killing those who refuse to leave their homes or convert to Islam.Tens of thousands of Yazidis have fled to Mount Sinjar, Some have been rescued, but those that remain are in desperate need of food, water, and medical supplies.

The plight of the Yezidis today stem from the fact that they are facing their 74th genocide.  Their numbers have dwindled from 23 million to just 1 million. In this one  thousands have been killed. This time half a million Yezidis have become refugees. 7000 women and little girls have been taken hostages. They are being sold in the marketplace. The girls are being gang raped everyday. The captured men have all been killed.

We are joined by Souptik Mukherjee a spokesperson of the Yezidi Sanatan Dharma Society. The groups immediate goal is provide food and shelter for Yezidi who have been displaced by the atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq. He has a very important story to tell. This tale of genocide can be stopped. Please help Souptik and Yezidi Sanatan Dharma Society end this atrocity that is occurring in Iraq by donating time and or money to the cause.

 

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