Zirian Shammo speaking in the US Congress
US Congress held a hearing for all minority religions in Iraq, three main religions, Christians, Mandeans, and Yezidis In July 2010.
Zirian Shammo, a Yezidi Kurdish man who lives in Washington, DC represented to speak about his community in Iraq.
Female YPG fighters
As the Islamic State has continued its shocking military advances throughout Syria and Iraq recently, much has been written about its seemingly unstoppable battle capabilities.
But there’s one force that has scored a number of successes against its forces: the Syrian Kurdish militia known as the People’s Protection Units, or YPG.
Fierce battles are raging between the Islamic State and the Kurds on several fronts extending from the Syrian border town of Rabia to Sinjar and, further south, from Kirkuk to Jalawla. The Sunni militants have been defeating reputable Kurdish peshmergas in some important battles, forcing them to withdraw.
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A group up of Yezidi children and elderly women arrive in Kurdish Syria known as Rojava after Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) open a safe way for them.
These women tell how their beloved ones remained behind and they were without food and water for days in tearful eyes