The Daring Plan to Save a Religious Minority from ISIS

Growing up in northwestern Iraq, Hadi Pir often went to Mt. Sinjar for solace. As a Yazidi, a member of an ancient religious minority, he believed that the narrow mountain was sacred, central to the Yazidi creation myth. Aside from the mountain, the region where the country’s six hundred thousand Yazidis live, also called Sinjar, is flat and desert-like. To Yazidis, it seems clear that God created the mountain because He knew that they would need a place to hide.

Read in The New Yorker.

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 USG

As part of our campaign to bring awareness and find a real solution to the difficult situations faced by Yazidis and other vulnerable minorities in Iraq and Syria, we met with several officials of the US administration.  We discussed necessary steps that should be taken in the next phase of assisting our endangered communities. 

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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.


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.


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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