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7 Years After Islamic State Genocide, Yazidi Survivors Still Seeking Justice

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Voice Of America

7 Years After Islamic State Genocide, Yazidi Survivors Still Seeking Justice

 By Dakhil Elias, Sirwan Kajjo

WASHINGTON - When Lamiya Haji Bashar, 23, was trying to escape Islamic State (IS) captivity, she lost her sight in a landmine explosion that also scarred her face.

Bashar was 16 when IS militants rampaged through the Iraqi town of Sinjar in 2014, killing thousands of Yazidi men and forcing young women into sex slavery. The United Nations has called the onslaught a campaign of genocide against the Kurdish religious minority.

Currently living in Germany where she is undergoing rehabilitation, Bashar has become a vocal advocate for Yazidi women and girls.
Yazidi women from Iraq, Nadia Murad Basee, left, and Lamiya Aji Bashar, 2nd left, pose with their award after receiving the…
FILE - Yazidi women from Iraq, Nadia Murad Basee, left, and Lamiya Haji Bashar, pose with their award after receiving the European Union's Sakharov Prize for human rights at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Dec. 13, 2016.

“Seven years have passed, and our demands haven’t yet been met,” Bashar told VOA. “Sinjar hasn’t been rebuilt to allow people to return. People have been tired of living in tent camps. Many of our girls, women and children haven’t been rescued from Daesh,” she said, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

In 2016, Bashar won the Sakharov Prize, which the European Parliament awards to people or groups that fight for human rights.

Although IS’s so-called caliphate no longer exists, rights groups say there are nearly 2,600 Yazidi women and girls still missing.

Full story https://www.voanews.com/extremism-watch/7-years-after-islamic-state-genocide-yazidi-survivors-still-seeking-justice