Yazidis, Christians, Shiite Turkmens, Shabaks On The Run From The Islamic State

Life on this planet traversing the Cosmos is becoming very difficult for many people.  These news snippets about the Yazidis and other religious communities painfully  show the brutality which these men, women and children are facing daily in their country.

There is no justification for such horrors inflicted on fellow travellers on the road of life, especially women and children.  We all travel the same road with its ultimate destination–the shores of the cosmic ocean.

THE HUFFINGTON POST August 7, 2014

As Islamic State fighters extended their offensive into northern Iraq on Thursday, members of Iraq’s minority communities fled in search of refuge. The militant group has warned that it would execute anyone who does not convert to Islam, pay a non-Muslim tax or leave, according to Human Rights Watch.

“Thousands of Yazidis — a Kurdish ethno-religious community — have been trapped on Sinjar Mountain in northern Iraq as they attempt to escape the extremists’ grasp. The sole parliamentary representative of the Yazidis, Vian Dakhil, warned that her small community, which has roots in a 4,000 year-old faith, faces the threat of extermination.

“Other religious and ethnic groups, including Christians, Shiite Turkmens and Shabaks, have also recently been displaced since the Islamic State began waging a violent campaign against minorities in the territory it controls.”

A Yazidi family who fled violence in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar sit at at a school where they are taking shelter in the Kurdish city of Dohuk in Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 5, 2014. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)
A Yazidi family who fled violence in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar sit at at a school where they are taking shelter in the Kurdish city of Dohuk in Iraq’s autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 5, 2014. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/07/photos-yazidis-christians-minorities-iraq_n_5658370.html?utm_hp_ref=religion&ir=Religion

More photos are in the link above….

 

WHO ARE THE YAZIDIS?

Washington Post

Ever since seizing Mosul, Iraq’s main urban center in the north, the forces of the Islamic State have embarked on a gruesome mission to transform their domain into an idealized Caliphate — on the way, they’ve forced the conversion of religious minorities, destroyed the shrines of rival sects and butchered those they consider apostates. Yesterday, a distraught Yazidi member of parliament in Baghdad made an impassioned appeal on behalf of her people: “An entire religion is being exterminated from the face of the Earth,” she said.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/08/07/who-are-the-yazidis/

 The Guardian

Estimates put the global number of Yazidis at around 700,000 people, with the vast majority of them concentrated in northern Iraq, in and around Sinjar.

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/07/who-yazidi-isis-iraq-religion-ethnicity-mountains

 VOX

“Al-Qaeda started to single out religious minorities and pushed for sectarian civil war,” Maisel said. “You have this terrible event in 2007 where [al-Qaeda] carried out this massive suicide bombing in collective villages south of the Sinjar mountains where they killed 500 Yazidis. It’s known as the deadliest attack of the Iraq war.”

Al-Qaeda in Iraq had linked their own hyper-violent ideology to the preexisting suspicion of Yazidis as devil worshippers. That led to a wave of anti-Yazidi violence. The violence subsided after American troops and Iraqi Sunni militias joined forces to dismantle al-Qaeda in Iraq around 2007. But the violence rose again this summer as ISIS invaded from Syria and seized much of northern Iraq, bringing persecution of the Yazidis with them.

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/8/5982421/yazidis-yezidis-iraq-crisis-bombing

 YOUTUBE

Iraqi Kurdish MP from the ancient Yazidi faith, Vian Dakhil, gave a very emotional appeal in the Iraqi Parliament while in tears to rescue the Yazidis of Iraq from being exterminated by the Wahhabi terrorist group, the Islamic State, which is formerly known as the “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL).

 

NPR

Iraqi Yazidi families who fled the violence in their hometown of Sinjar are given food at a school where they are taking shelter in the Kurdish city of Dohuk on Tuesday. Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images
Iraqi Yazidi families who fled the violence in their hometown of Sinjar are given food at a school where they are taking shelter in the Kurdish city of Dohuk on Tuesday.
Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images

Until a few days ago, most people outside of Iraq had never heard of the Yazidis, an ancient religious minority living in the remote northwestern plains of the troubled country.

But the Yazidis are now a focal point in the widening war in Iraq. Up to 40,000 members of the community are stranded on barren mountain cliffs and encircled by the Islamic State, the extremist group that’s been advancing rapidly across Iraq this summer. Dozens of Yazidi children have already died of dehydration, according to UNICEF, and many more risk a similar fate.

The United Nations is warning of a “humanitarian tragedy” and a U.S. official tells NPR that efforts to lend aid have begun. Plans are underway for U.S. Air Force cargo planes to drop food, water and medical kits into the area.

A Yazidi member of Iraq’s parliament, Vian Dakhil, made an impassioned plea for support.

“There is a collective attempt to exterminate the Yazidi people,” she said in parliament in Baghdad on Tuesday before collapsing in tears.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/08/07/338618281/iraqs-widening-war-imperils-a-religious-minority

 The Telegraph

The followers of the Peacock Angel believe they are facing their 73rd genocide. Many are already scattered across the corners of the earth, more are fleeing for their lives from their latest persecutors, and some are dying of thirst on a scorching desert mountainside. The Yazidis have run out of places to call home.

It is not often you can record the moment when an ancient religion’s home is finally wiped out. It is like the death of the last speaker of some rare language. But this week might mark that moment for the Yazidis, one of the most colourful bands of worshippers in the Middle East, a region not lacking in colourful worshippers.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/11019510/Is-this-the-end-for-the-Yazidis-of-Iraq.html

BBC August 16, 2014

Iraq crisis: Yazidi villagers ‘massacred’ by IS

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28814633

G. D. Williams © 2014

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