Outraged by the Attacks on Yazidis? It Is Time to Help.

"Over the past three years, the world has come out in support of the Yazidis. But now we need to move away from the personal stories of survivors and take practical steps, steps toward prosecuting the Islamic State militants responsible for these crimes and toward reconstructing Yazidi areas in Iraq so that displaced Yazidis can begin to go back to their homes."

Read UNODC Goodwill Ambassdor's Op-ed in The New York Times.

 

Meeting with The French Foreign Ministry

Meeting with The French Foreign Ministry

This week Nadia's Initiative met with Mr. Jean Claude Mallette, from the French Foreign Minister to follow up on what we discussed in our last October’s meetings with the Honourable Emmanuel Macron, the French President, and the Foreign Minister Mr. Jean Ledrian. 

The rebuilding of areas destroyed by ISIS, humanitarian support, de-mining of Sinjar and refugees situation were among the topics that have been discussed in this positive meeting.

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General Assembly President at a Panel discussion with Gloria Steinem and Nadia Murad on her fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

“I now know that I was born in the heart of the crimes committed against me. I was home living w/my family. I didn’t go somewhere where there was a war. Our neighbors turned on us.”  NadiaMuradBasee, Yazidi survivor of ISIL & UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Goodwill Ambassador said in a conversation with Gloria Steinem at UNHQ.

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Watch on UN Web TV.

‘Slow, painful death’ of Yazidi woman’s body and soul while enslaved by the Islamic State

In “The Last Girl,” Nadia Murad tells the story of her captivity along with other members of her Yazidi village of Kocho. It is an intimate account of what she calls “a slow, painful death — of the body and the soul.” As an insider, she is able to present a full portrait of her people as more than just victims. She writes with understandable anger but also with love, flashes of humor and dignity. In telling her story, Murad also offers glimpses of what has been wrought over recent decades in Iraq.

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Read more in The Washington Post.

Commemorating the Third Anniversary of the Genocide Against the Yazidis 

Commemorating the Third Anniversary of the Genocide Against the Yazidis 

Today, 3 August 2017, marks the third anniversary of the genocide against the Yazidi. In the summer of 2014, the so-called Islamic State (IS or ISIS) launched a systematic campaign of mass atrocities against civilians in northern Iraq. By 3 August that campaign reached Sinjar City and many other towns and villages in the region that were home to a significant population of Yazidis, a distinct ethno- religious minority group with centuries of heritage.

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Meeting in Hamburg

Today, I was honored to meet a group of representatives from the Government of Hamburg, Germany, journalists, activists from civil society, and representatives of a number of universities in the town hall of Hamburg. 

We discussed many topics, including; the current needs of genocide victims and the current situation of religious minorities in Iraq and Syria. 

Thanks to Körber Foundation for organizing this meeting and thanks to the State of Hamburg for supporting it.

( Photographer : Jann Wilken) 

June 13, 2017

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