Massacre at Sinjar: Has the World Forgotten the Yazidi?
Aug 06, 2015
On August 4, 2015, The Times of Israel ran a blog post by HIAS President and CEO Mark Hetfield on the plight of the Yazidi, who grabbed international attention last year when they were trapped on a mountaintop in northern Iraq by ISIS.
"Since the Holocaust, the refrain within the Jewish community and the international community has been that 'never again' can we be mere bystanders as a genocide is perpetrated. Yet the majority of the Yazidi people are living as displaced persons and refugees. Hundreds of Yazidi girls and women have been enslaved, and hundreds more Yazidis have been killed. They are not alone, as more than 100,000 Iraqi Christians were forced to flee ISIS’ siege of Mosul, along with many Shi’a Muslims and Sunnis who disagree with ISIS’ extremist ideology," Hetfield writes.