Plight of the Yazidi

The Yezidi International Initiative w/ Gulie Khalaf

Gulie Khalaf Joins us on the Mythicist Milwaukee Show

Gulie Khalaf and is a leader of the Yezidi community in Lincoln, Nebraska that is working very hard to provide for and support the Yezidi refugees that were displaced from their homes in Iraq.  She is one of the 900 Yezidis currently residing in Nebraska. The Yezidis In Nebraska are heartbroken because of the atrocities committed against their families back in Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of Yezidis fled to more secure regions of northern Iraq following the takeover of Sinjar by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant. 

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Globally the Yezidis number is barely one million after going through 74 genocides. At the moment, half a million are displaced and there are serious threats to their existence: malnutrition, contagious skin diseases, trauma, ISIS and so on.

Gulie was a teacher but left her full time position to lend some support. She is a part of a newly established organization, Yezidis International (YI). YI recently received 501c3 and exists to raise awareness and funds for the plight and culture of Yezidis.

Besides international protections, they believe the only way to help this distress community and give hope is through skill development and empowerment projects and digitizing culture and faith. They are working on a few projects: medical relief camp, education for those in camps, scholarships to those in college. Please consider helping Gulie and the Yezidis International organization here.

Stop the Systematic Raping of the Yazidi Women

In Iraq, there are more than 3,200 women and children (some as young as 11 years old) who were captured by ISIS, and have been raped and tortured for the past year. The rapists (ISIS) are justifying their actions through twisted readings of the Quran and feel that raping these girls and women are bringing them closer to Allah. ISIS has warehouses created where these abducted women are kept and sold to the highest bidder. There are some in the U.S. that are trying to help rescue these women.

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Khalaf Hamo Smoqi came to the United States from Sinjar, Iraq two and half years ago. On August 3rd , when the Islamic State attacked the Yazidis in Sinjar, he and the Yazidi community in USA went to Washington DC to hold a rally in front of the White House. They met with Ben Rhodes, the President’s top National security adviser, as a result, the president agreed on air strike to stop ISIS advances and air drops of humanitarian food and water for the people who fled ISIS and were on the mountain.

His work started as an activist when he and some other activists stayed in Washington after the rally and coordinated between people on the mountain and the State Department, we worked closely to make sure people on the mountain get the aid.

Currently, he is a part of a Yazidi network of activists on social media and a couple of Organizations (Yazda.org , and initiative of Yazidis around the world) as well as some other organizations based on Iraq to help Yazidis (the abducted and the displaced) as much as they can. You can help support their mission and donate to the cause here: Please sign the petition to urge the U.S. to help these women: