The Yazidi, who are the Yazidi people? Have you heard of this ancient religion? Although I don't agree with their religion, they're an interesting sect of people.
Yazidis are Arab and Kurdish religious community whose syncretic but ancient religion is linked to "Zoroastrianism and ancient Mesopotamian religions. They live primarily in the Nineveh Province of northern Iraq, a region once part of ancient Assyria. Additional communities in Armenia, Georgia and Syria have been in decline since the 1990s, their members having emigrated to Europe, especially to Germany. The Yazidi believe in God as creator of the world, which he placed u
nder the care of seven "holy beings" or angels, the "chief" (archangel) of whom is Melek Taus, the "Peacock Angel." In Zoroastrian-like tradition, the Peacock Angel embodied humanity's potential for both good (light) and bad (dark) acts, and due to pride temporarily fell from God's favor, before his remorseful tears extinguished the fires of his hellish prison and he reconciled with God. Other monotheistic religions re-cast the Peacock Angel as the unredeemed evil deity Satan, which incited centuries of persecution of the Yazidi as "devil worshippers" by followers of these religions. Persecution of Yazidis has continued in their home communities within the borders of modern Iraq, under both Saddam Hussein and fundamentalist Sunni Muslim revolutionaries.(2)."
Recently in Iraq, ISIS, an Islamic State terrorist group is fighting their way through cities in Iraq. ISIS's goal is to set up an Islamic caliphate. Sunjar is where the Yazidi people are fleeing, fleeing the violence from ISIS, seeking refuge near the Dohuk province. ISIS, or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Muslim extremist group are forcing the Yazidi women to become sex slaves. The men and children are forced to convert to Islam or die. Nearly 50,000 members of the Yazidi community are displaced, facing certain extermination. Evading the violence, the Yazidi sect in the Iraqi town of Sinjar west of Mosul, pursue refuge at Dohuk province.
Thursday night President Barack Obama authorized air strikes against ISIS. The strikes commenced early Friday morning and were on-going. As minimal as the strikes may be, they might offer just enough support for the Yazidi people to escape to Kurdistan. Currently, nearly a couple hundred Yazidis have died from lack of water and searing temperatures that reach 122 degrees Fahrenheit. "Among the dead are 56 children, a UNICEF spokesperson told TIME.(1)."
1). Mirren Gidda. (8 August 2014). Everything You Need to Know About the Yazidis. Time.
2). "Yazidis i: General". Encyclopædia Iranica. Retrieved August 20, 2010. "There are probably some 200,000-300,000 Yazidis worldwide."