August 8, 2014

Who Are the Yazidis?

Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post

The Associated Press

It's tragic that the world pays attention to largely forgotten communities only in their moments of greatest peril. This week, we've watched as tens of thousands of Yazidis — a mostly Kurdish-speaking people who practice a unique, syncretic faith — fled the advance through northern Iraq of the Islamic State's Sunni jihadists, who have set about abducting and killing hundreds of members of this religious minority.

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TAGGED: Iraq, ISIS, Yazidis


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