The Persecution Of Yazidis Goes Beyond Genocide

The Establishment
Apr 14, 2016 · 7 min read

By Harriet Paintin & Hannah Kirmes-Daly

Lena, sitting outside her home in Alagyaz

“We are sun worshippers. The sun is God. Before, all nations were dependent on the sun and worshipped it, but now they have moved away from this, but we didn’t.”

The Yazidis, an ethnically Kurdish religious group, and their ancient, syncretic (amalgamated) religion, have suffered violent persecution for generations…