31 Yezidi families who suffered under Islamic State arrive in France

PARIS (dpa)- Thirty-one Yezidi women and their children who were victims of the Islamic State extremist group have arrived as refugees in France, French authorities said on Thursday.
They are the third such group to arrive since President Emmanuel Macron last year promised Yezidi survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad to take in 100 stranded families.

Islamic State jihadists massacred Yezidi men and boys - and enslaved women and children - in 2014 when they overran the Sinjar area of Iraq where many members of the religious minority lived.
Yezidi women who bore children while being held as sex slaves have often faced the choice of renouncing the children if they want to be accepted back into their community.
Many have been stranded in refugee camps in Iraq after being freed from the clutches of the group, which lost its last territorial foothold in Syria earlier this year.
Murad, who was herself a victim of the terrorist group's policy of sexually enslaving Yezidi women, won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy against sexual violence in war.
The United Nations has categorized Islamic State's depredations against the Kurdish-speaking religious minority as genocide.
The Yezidis follow an ancient religion which combines Zoroastrian, Gnostic and Islamic elements. They have long suffered persecution, partly because aspects of their faith have been misinterpreted as devil worship.

Thursday, August 8th 2019

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