Iraq: Yazidis to accept children of women raped by ISIS terrorists into community
The children of Yazidi women raped by ISIS terrorists will be welcomed into the minority faith, the community leaders have ruled, allowing women taken as slaves by the terror group to return to Iraq from Syria.
Eido Baba Sheikh, son of the Yazidi spiritual leader Baba Sheikh, said the children of the formerly enslaved women will be treated as members of the faith, resolving one of the most difficult questions facing the community since the ISIS terror group’s 2014 campaign to try to exterminate the minority.
Since ISIS began seizing large tracts of populated land in Northern Iraq in 2014, at least 500,000 Yazidis have been driven from their homes, and many thousands murdered and kidnapped.
Often, when ISIS took over a Yazidi town or village, they executed all the men and “took possession” of the women and children. A recent report estimates that at least 2,700 Yazidi children have lost one or both parents to ISIS since 2014.
Thousands of women and girls were forced into sexual slavery when the terrorists attacked Yazidi communities in northwestern Iraq.
But the community shunned the women returning from captivity with children, a reflection of the deeply held Yazidi traditions to view outsiders with suspicion as a response to centuries of persecution.