Yazidi Genocide

  • Wendy Cook


This chapter offers a close look into the atrocities Yazidis have encounter in the hands of ISIS. Yazidis were abducted and enslaved by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014. Yazidis have been persecuted by ISIS because of their religious beliefs. The United Nations declared the campaign against Yazidis a genocide in 2016. Some Yazidis were able to escape when ISIS invaded their land, but others were enslaved and tortured for a long time. In fact, some Yazidis have remained captive since 2014. Thousands of Yazidis were executed during the Yazidi genocide. Some were killed because they refused to convert. Others, like the older adult population, were killed because they were too old and not attractive for sexual slavery. Three Yazidi survivors were interviewed for this book. Yazidi survivors reported being sold multiple times among fighters. Yazidi girls, as young as 9 years old, have been taken as sexual slaves, and they are being resold every day in the slave market without any international intervention. Boys as young as 6 years old have been recruited to be ISIS fighters. ISIS trains the boys to hate and kill the non-believers, forget about their religion, and convert to Islam.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wendy Cook
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  1. 1.College of Psychology, Nova Southeastern UniversityFort LauderdaleUSA

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