2018 Report on the Status of Sinjar

Nadia’s Initiative, an organization founded by U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad has just completed a detailed assessment of the Yazidi homeland of Sinjar in Northern Iraq. The report offers the most comprehensive analysis of the region despite the global recognition of the ISIS’s genocidal program in Sinjar. The situation in Sinjar is dire. The few […]

New York Times: 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 […]

Meeting with UAE officials in Brussels.

Grateful to meet with Excellency Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh and Ambassador Mohamed Issa Abushahab in Brussels to discuss UAE support for reconstruction and security in the Yazidi homeland of Sinjar Iraq.   @UAEEmbassyBXL

EU aid not reaching Yazidi in northern Iraq, says NGO

The EU has provided some €350m in humanitarian funding aid for Iraq between 2015 and 2017. But Nadia’s Initiative, an NGO named after an enslaved Yezhidi girl who managed to escape the Islamic State, says little if anything ends up helping the discriminated community in Sinjar, an ancient city in northern Iraq. Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown, […]

Hundreds of civilians flee Afrin

“Yezidi genocide survivor and UN Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad issued a warning on Monday about the safety of the Yezidi minority and the whole civilian population in Afrin. “There is only one road through which people can leave the city” that is “under siege from all sides,” she stated. Warning of war crimes, including civilian […]

The Lethal Legacy of Landmines in Iraq

According to the United Nations, Iraq is the fifth most mined country in the world, with 59 landmines per square mile. One organisation, Nadia’s Initiative, is pushing for the removal of the explosives and booby traps in Sinjar province, a region located on the Turkish-Iraqi border. We speak to the foundation’s co-executive director, Elizabeth Schaeffer-Brown, […]

Afrin inhabited by Kurds, Yazidis and Christians is under siege from all sides.

Today, I received information that the area of Afrin inhabited by Kurds, Yazidis and Christians is under siege from all sides. There is only one road through which people can leave the city. 200 civilians have been killed, including 3 Yazidi children. Shrines and religious sites have been destroyed or forcibly converted into mosques. Peoples […]

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, […]