A story about the Yazidis and the genocide of Yazidism by ISIS.
This is a very sad story, but one that I feel needs to be told because of the lack of international attention that the Yazidi people have received.
In short, the Yazidis — who are both an ethnic group and religion — were targeted and attacked by ISIS in 2014. On August 3rd of that year, ISIS stormed in one of their beloved towns called Shingal, killing men by the thousands and forcing women into sexual slavery. And those women who didn’t follow their rules (including converting to Islam) were killed.
Today I went to the tiny mountainous village in North Eastern Iraq called Lalish — which is the site of the holiest temple in Yazidism. Is it their “Mecca” equivalent. In Lalish, it is forbidden to wear shoes to acknowledge the purity of their religion.
I met some people who survived the genocide and I asked them a few questions. This is what they have to say.
This content is not my favorite to make. It’s difficult. It’s raw. It’s depressing. But once again, I feel like it is extremely important to raise awareness — especially in this case, as it just happened 5 years ago.