Who are the Yazidi people?
Yazidis are an ethnic religious minority native to northern Iraq dating back centuries. Known for being a tight-knit community and their peaceful nature, Yazidi’s native tongue is Kurmanji, a dialect of Kurdish.
What did ISIS do to them?
Following an unrelenting assault that began in the summer of 2014 in their homeland around Mount Sinjar, ISIS embarked on a genocide of the Yazidi people. ISIS decimated their communities and killed thousands while enslaving young Yazidi women and girls to be bought and sold among ISIS fighters as sex slaves.
What happened to the Yazidi women and girls?
The Yazidi women who were enslaved by ISIS have faced unfathomable trauma.
Thousands have been bought and sold multiple times, raped and beaten, forced to sleep on the floor, drink from toilets, and eat leftovers from the floor, if at all. Many also witnessed their husbands or brothers killed at gunpoint when ISIS invaded their villages in August 2014.