The people who asked for our help. The people we’re helping. I hope that’s what we’re doing is doing, helping. From National Geographic:
For their beliefs, they have been the target of hatred for centuries. Considered heretical devil worshippers by many Muslims—including the advancing militants overrunning Iraq—the Yazidis have faced the possibility of genocide many times over. Now, with the capture of Sinjar and northward thrust of extremists calling themselves the Islamic State of the Levant, or ISIL (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS), Iraq’s estimated 500,000 Yazidis fear the end of their people and their religion. “Sinjar is (hopefully not was) home to the oldest, biggest, and most compact Yazidi community,” explains Khanna Omarkhali, a Yazidi scholar at the University of Göttingen. “Extermination, emigration, and settlement of this community will bring tragic transformations to the Yazidi religion,” she adds.
Read the whole story at National Geographic, Who Are the Yazidis, the Ancient, Persecuted Religious Minority Struggling to Survive in Iraq?
Photo by Ari Jalal, Reuters, courtesy of National Geographic.