While we sleep peacefully in our beds, the Yezidi people of Iraq and Syria are still being held in refugee camps after experiencing a genocide that began in August 2014.
According to the Yezidi Human Rights Organization, more than 7,000 women and children were captured by ISIS fighters, and the slaughter and enslavement was massive.
Nineteen year old 'Zaytoun' was captured and then raped 20 times a day by young ISIS fighters until she was sold off and married to an 80 year old Muslim man. She managed to escape but she is severely traumatized. Many Yezidi have chosen suicide over enslavement or conversion to Islam at gunpoint. Entire families have been murdered.
This BBC documentary explains how women were captured and abused by Islamic terrorists:
Surely we have learned from past genocides such as those against the Jews, the Armenians and the Rwandans, in Europe, Asia and Africa. We welcomed and have supported the military and humanitarian intervention of Canada, the US and its allies in the war against ISIS, for the Yezidi people. But, we must do more!
Tell our government that they must do more. The Yezidi are one of the most ancient ethnic communities in Iraq and Syria and deserve our fullest support. Their community long predates the Muslim conquest of the region previously known as mesopotamia.
The Yezidis are a mostly Kurmanji speaking, ethnic Kurdish, monotheistic, indigenous people who originated over 4000 years ago. They have suffered countless persecution from Suni Arabs, Kurds, Turks and others.
Help the Yezidis by supporting a Canadian NGO dedicated to their relief and support - Project Abraham