A Yazidi leader and activist, Haider Elias, spoke at our rally in solidarity with the victims of the worldwide jihad. Mr. Elias was a member of the Yazidi delegation during the Sinjar crisis and a former U.S. army translator. During this Yazidi crisis, along with a delegation, Haider Elias has been working closely with the State Department to manage the crisis.
The Muslim army forced tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee their homes or face certain death. Last weekend the Islamic State killed at least 500 killed prior to Friday’s news, according to Iraq’s human rights minister. They kidnapped hundreds of Yazidi girls, savagely raped them (many of them killed themselves after the gang rape). They buried Yazidi men alive, killed children and kidnapped women to be slaves.
The Yazidis, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, Zoroastrians, Buddhists — minority populations oppressed, persecuted and slaughtered by Islamic jihad.