ERBIL — The Kurdish Yezidis have several times been massacred throughout history for their Yezidi religion and Kurdish nationality, said Vian Dakhil, the sole Yezidi member of the Iraqi parliament.
Marking the third anniversary of the Islamic State (IS) genocide against her community, MP Dakhil blamed the Iraqi federal government for failing to protect the Yezidis and later persuade the world to recognise the case as “genocide”.
She also renewed a call on the international community to spare no effort in rescuing thousands of Yezidi women and children who are still suffering from IS's systematic slavery.
On 3rd of August 2014, the IS militants overrun the predominantly Yezidi town of Sinjar in northern Iraq and abducted nearly 6,000 women and children after killing most of the men captured in the town.
Since then, 1,102 women, 848 young girls and 801 young boys have been freed from the grip of IS whilst 1,597 women and 1,728 men still remain in the hands of the extremists.