Yazidis - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Yazidis


Iraq's minority Yazidis, brutalized by ISIS

Jul 14, 2019 - 4:07 PM

5 years after the Islamic State swept across the Yazidis' hometown of Sinjar, here is what you need to know about the religious minority

LOST. Members of the Yazidi minority search for clues on February 3, 2015, that might lead them to missing relatives in the remains of people killed by the Islamic State jihadist group. File photo by Safin Hamed/AFP

UN sets up probe of ISIS atrocities in Iraq

Sep 21, 2017 - 11:34 PM

Investigators will gather evidence on 'war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide' for use in Iraqi courts, according to a UN resolution

ISIS still 'committing genocide' against Yazidis – UN probe

Jun 16, 2016 - 8:25 PM

United Nations investigators say the Islamic State sought to erase the Yazidis through killings sexual slavery enslavement torture

epa05261202 A girl stands next to a placard reading 'We are Yazidi people, Need Help Help Help' at the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, prior to the arrival of Pope Francis, 16 April 2016. Pope Francis visits the Greek island of Lesbos on 16 April, in a trip aimed at supporting refugees and drawing attention to the frontline of Europe's migration crisis. EPA/FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / POOL

Thousands flee ISIS Syria stronghold as coalition closes in

Jun 06, 2016 - 12:00 AM

UPDATED The Arab Kurdish offensive on the town of Manbij is one of two major assaults on the route ISIS uses to send in more fighters weapons and money from the Turkish border to its main Syrian bastion of Raqa

Syrians walk through the rubble following a reported air strike by Syrian government forces in the rebel-held neighbourhood of Bustan al-Qasr on June 5, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Baraa Al-Halabi

US: ISIS carrying out 'genocide'

Mar 18, 2016 - 12:25 AM

Secretary of State John Kerry makes the proclamation after Congress demanded Washington recognize that the group seeks to exterminate religious minorities

JOHN KERRY. US Secretary of State John Kerry listens to US President Barack Obama addressing the Chief of Missions Conference in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Harry S Truman State Department building in Washington, DC, USA, March 14, 2016. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/EPA

Yazidi women, girls seek healing in Germany after ISIS 'hell'

Feb 28, 2016 - 2:00 PM

One girl an 8 year old was raped hundreds of times by Islamic State jihadists

epa04359242 A general view for the Yazidi refugee camp near the Iraqi border crossing of Zakho, northern Iraq, 18 August 2014. Kurdish Peshmerga forces on 18 August took control of two villages located near Iraq's strategic Mosul Dam, which they seized from Islamic State (IS) militants earlier. The move comes after Peshmerga and Iraqi troops took full control of the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq, according to army spokesman Qassem Atta. EPA/STR

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Dec 29, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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Bomb-rigged mass grave of ISIS victims found in Iraq

Nov 28, 2015 - 9:48 PM

A bomb rigged mass grave believed to hold the remains of more than 120 people killed by the Islamic State group is found in north Iraq

LOST. Members of the Yazidi minority search for clues on February 3, 2015, that might lead them to missing relatives in the remains of people killed by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, a day after Kurdish forces discovered a mass grave near the Iraqi village of Sinuni, in the northwestern Sinjar area. Photo by Safin Hamed / AFP

US special forces kill senior ISIS leader in Syria raid

May 16, 2015 - 8:46 PM

2nd UPDATE The White House says Abu Sayyaf was killed while his wife Umm Sayyaf was captured A Yazidi woman believed to have been enslaved is rescued as well

Sex slavery pushes Iraq ISIS victims to suicide – Amnesty

Dec 23, 2014 - 9:02 AM

The Islamic State jihadist group targets women and girls from Iraq s Yazidi religious minority

For ISIS, women are ‘war booties’ with price tags

Oct 03, 2014 - 4:28 AM

A UN report details how ISIS committed human rights violations: Women and girls are brought with price tags for the buyers to choose and negotiate the sale

Iraq Yazidis pray for chance to return to homes

Aug 24, 2014 - 11:20 PM

A Yazidi temple has given sanctuary to both male and female servants of the faith who fled the bloody jihadist assault on Sinjar

HOLY SITE. An Iraqi Yazidi prays in a holy temple in the mountain village of Lalish on August 15, 2014. Ahmad al-Rubaye/AFP

Kurds fight to retake Iraq's largest dam after 'massacre'

Aug 17, 2014 - 1:29 PM

UPDATED The recapture of Mosul dam would be one of the most significant achievements in a fightback that is also getting international material support

General view of the Mosul dam on the Tigris River, around 50km north of Mosul, northern Iraq, 01 November 2007. EPA/STR

Jihadists kill dozens in north Iraq 'massacre': officials

Aug 16, 2014 - 5:02 PM

Most of them are members of the Yazidi religious minority officials said

Iraq's Maliki concedes defeat, backs PM designate

Aug 15, 2014 - 8:19 AM

Maliki threw in the towel after an acrimonious political battle and backed his designated successor Haidar al Abadi a fellow member of the Shiite party Dawa

AL-MALIKI. Outgoing Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki (C) attends the first session of the Iraqi parliament along with others senior Iraqi officials in Baghdad, Iraq, 01 July 2014.

'Far fewer' stranded on Iraq mountain than thought – US

Aug 14, 2014 - 7:31 AM

UPDATED The Pentagon said that – based on a firsthand assessment by a small party of US troops – the plight of those on the mountain was better than feared and an evacuation mission is far less likely

A screenshot provided on 13 August 2014 taken from a video by Austrian Politician Michel Reimon shows Iraqi Yazidi refugees gathering near a helicopter in northern Iraq, 10 August 2014. Michel Reimon/Handout/EPA

Iraq PM to sue president, security forces deploy across Baghdad

Aug 11, 2014 - 8:01 AM

Nur al Maliki alleges that Iraq s newly elected president Kurdish veteran Fuad Masum has violated the constitution twice essentially by failing to designate him as the prime minister

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in a press conference in Baghdad, January 13, 2014. Ahmed Saad/Pool/AFP

West in push to save Iraqis on Mount Sinjar

Aug 10, 2014 - 10:21 AM

UPDATED A coordinated Western aid effort was shaping up to avert what US President Barack Obama warned could be an impending genocide

Obama vows to save Iraqis stranded on mountain

Aug 10, 2014 - 1:15 AM

Amid reports that the children and the elderly are already dying Obama justifies the decision to intervene with the risk of an impending genocide against the Yazidis

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the South Lawn of the White House on August 9. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Obama warns of 'long-term project' in Iraq

Aug 09, 2014 - 11:41 PM

UPDATED I m not going to give a particular timetable because as I ve said from the start wherever and whenever US personnel and facilities are threatened it s my obligation my responsibility as commander in chief to make sure they are protected the US president tells reporters

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. US President Barack Obama delivers a statement on the South Lawn of the White House on August 9. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Kurds unite to oust Iraq jihadists, rescue stranded civilians

Aug 06, 2014 - 8:31 PM

The fate of the civilians from the Yazidi minority who fled to the Sinjar mountains after an attack by the Islamic State IS group at the weekend has sparked international concern

'HELP US' Yazidis displaced by fighting hold placards reading in Arabic 'The international community must help us during our ordeal' at a protest in front of the gates of the UN office in Arbil, northern Iraq, 04 August 2014. Mohammed Jalil/EPA

UN condemns jihadists over attacks on Iraq's Yazidi minority

Aug 06, 2014 - 9:31 AM

UPDATED Officials warned that the Yazidi in the town of Sinjar near the Syrian border risked being massacred or starved into extinction

UN Security Council Meeting. File photo from the United Nations

Iraq jihadists seize another town from Kurdish forces

Aug 03, 2014 - 9:21 PM

UPDATED The Islamic State s capture of Sinjar raised fears for minority groups that had found refuge there and further blurs the border between the Syrian and Iraqi parts of the caliphate

ON GUARD. A volunteer who joined the Iraqi army to fight against Jihadist militants of the Islamic State (IS) stands in a truck as he holds a position in Al-Othaym in Diyala province, north of the capital Baghdad, on August 3, 2014. Amer al-Saadi/AFP