Legacy: Yazidi Genocide

Documenting the Genocide of Iraqis Yazidi on LENS- The NEw York TImes

In August 2014, Islamic State militants attacked the Valley of Sinjar and its towns located in Nineveh province, North Iraq. They killed, captured and enslaved thousands of Yazidis after seizing the town. Many of them were trapped in nearby Mount Sinjar without water or food for days until they were rescued.

 A path of destruction whispers the tragedy and grieves for those captured and never seen again. Dug up bones, hair, clothes, funeral wreaths and personal items, now covered by  blankets, evidence the echoes of the ISIS´s legacy: A wired perimeter marks its brutality.

In December 2015, almost 34 mass graves were discovered in the devastated area once Sinjar was liberated from ISIS.  Forced to gather outside the city, deceived and under threats, Yazidis were massacred in the name of religion

Thousands of Yazidis are still missing and hundreds of women remain in captivity as sexual slaves. Most of Iraq’s Yazidi population is still living in camps and in unfinished buildings in the Kurdistan region.

Devil Worships

Yazidis began to face accusations of devil worship from Muslims beginning in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. While the Yazidis believe in one god, a central figure in their faith is Tawusî Melek, the “Peacock Angel” who defies God and serves as an intermediary between man and the divine. To Muslims, the Yazidi account of Tawusî Melek often sounds like the Quranic rendering of Shaytan—the devil—even though Tawusî Melek is a force for good in the Yazidi religion.

International recognition

The Yazidi´s genocide was recognized by the Security Council of U.N on JUNE 2016.  According to the 40-page-report, entitled "They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes against the Yazidis",  Islamist militants had been systematically rounding up Yazidis in Iraq and Syria since August 2014, seeking to "erase their identity" in a campaign that met the definition of the crime as defined under the 1948 Genocide Convention.

The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948 as General Assembly Resolution 260.