The world is largely silent as once again the Yazidis of Iraq's Sinjar region are fleeing for their lives. Yesterday, more than 1,000 Yazidi of Sinjar fled by foot and auto to get out of the way of clashes between the Kurdish groups vying for control of the region. Many who fled yesterday, had JUST returned to their villages after spending nearly three years living in refugee camps in Kurdistan and Syria.
The Yazidi of Iraq are the indigenous people to northern (ancient) Mesopotamian region of the Middle East. Their religion, Yazidism, is linked to ancient Mesopotamian culture.
Beginning in August 2014, the Yazidis were targeted by the Islamic State (currently referred to as ISIS) in an attempt to "purify" Iraq and neighboring countries of non-muslims.
In August 2014, 40,000 Yazidis were trapped in the Sinjar Mountains -- surrounded by the Islamic State as they marched through Iraq (Mosul and Sinjar) to proclaim the territory as their CALIPHATE.
Sources within the Yazidi community blame the Peshmerga Kurds who authorized to protect them during the advance of the Islamic State (ISIS).
Many Yazidis who witnessed the mass murders of their family as they ran up Sinjar Mtn to escape the Islamic State are quick to blame the protection forces of the Kurdistan Peshmerga.
Sources to Lisa Benson Radio for National Security Matters in 2014 came forward with testimony of their harrowing experiences as they run up Sinjar Mountain -- spending weeks without food or water -- blaming, on the air, the Peshmerga who ran instead of protecting them.
Elias Kasem, Director of Yazidi Rescue and Relief for The Queen Esther Project, a humanitarian nonprofit educating to prevent genocide and tyranny reported, " The Peshmerga of Rogava, Kurdistan have consistently conspired against the people of Sinjar, Iraq to create chaos."
This unfathomable crime against humanity was responsible for the killing of more than 5,000 Yazidis. The Yazidis have not been strangers to genocide. Their history is replete with persecution from their Arab neighbors.
It is estimated that 23 million Yazidis have been killed by Muslims over the past 700 years. Just 200 years ago there was 2 million Yazidis; there are now less than 1 million living throughout Iraq/Syria/Germany/United States/Canada.
Mr. Kasem, who is a refugee now living in the United States, goes on to say, " The KDP, PKK and all other political parties should go and fight ISIS and leave the Yazidi people alone. The Yazidi people have every right to self determination, self-defense, self governance. We will not allow anyone to fight their battles inside our region.
This weekend's clashes took place in the Sinjar area near the Syrian border after forces to Masoud Bargain Kurdistan's Regional Government (KRG) entered an area controlled by Sinjar Resistance Units (YBS) - A Yazidi armed group alleged to be loyal to the Kurdistan's Worker's Party (PKK).
Sources have indicated that the PKK were partly responsible for the evacuation of the Yazidis in August 2014 as the Islamic State (ISIS) surrounded them on Sinjar Mountain.
Elias Kasem is devoting his life to educating the world on the persecution of the Yazidi of Iraq. In my discussion with him today he asserts, " At approximately 2am, August 3rd, 2014, the ultimate betrayal took place against the Yazidi people when the Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) fled without firing a single bullet -- they left hundreds of thousands of Yazidi civilians at the mercy of the Islamic State (ISIS).
Video of the Women of Sinjar demanding the KRG leave the Sinjar Region.
Şengal Dayîk Desturnadin Şer Biqevime Miqedim Dilşad Dayîken Êzdî Tehdid
Lisa E. Benson
Senior Editor, "The Persecuted"
A Blog For: The Queen Esther Project
March 4, 2017
Photo Taken Friday, March 3, 2017 /Sourced to Elias Kasem.
Posted on 03/04/2017 at 12:00 AM
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