There are usually always two sides to a story, two view points to consider. A large protest occurred the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States. The protest was known as the Women’s March against Trump and his history of verbally disrespecting women and other minorities. On the other side of the world a minority group has different hopes regarding the new President of the US – they hope he will stop supporting the alleged moderate rebels as most locals that are interviewed are not aware of any moderate rebels, only ISIS terrorists and groups affiliated with them.
Reporting on events in the Middle East are limited in mainstream sources and it is not always clear what to believe on alternative websites but the events occurring to Yazidi people at the hands of ISIS have been covered by more traditional news sources as well as the alternative site: Yazidi Girls Sold as Sex Slaves while Women March against Trump – This is a misleading and inflammatory title, as the Yazidi girls are likely to already have been sold as sex slaves by ISIS terrorists and other rebel groups and to be in captivity during the time the Women’s March was occurring. But the girls and women are being horribly mistreated and some do express hope that US support of the rebel groups will end. https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/9824/yazidi-sex-slave-women-march#.WIz9B3Pxvo8.twitter
The Yazidi population is a Kurdish speaking minority group in the Middle East who do not follow a Muslim or Christian religion. ISIS rebel groups took over the Sinjar area of northern Iraq in 2014 [link] where many of the Yazidi lived and the men and older women were killed, younger boys were sent to be trained as terrorists, and girls and women were considered captives of war and were sold or given away as sex slaves. The captive Yazidi girls and women would be encouraged or coerced into converting to the Muslim religion so that they could then be married to the ISIS terrorists who had bought them. Any who refused to give up their own faith continue to be at risk of more severe mistreatment. Many try to commit suicide or to escape.
More about the Yazidi history and their pre-Islamic faith:
- A website shares more details of the Yazidi faith which has been largely shared in verbal form over the centuries rather than being shared in an ancient religious book. However the verbal tradition of passing down stories from generation to generation can be effective. Their history is thought to be one of the first groups in the Middle East area and their version of history dates back to the early Sumerian culture and to: “preserve ancient knowledge of pre-Islamic times, including sacred sciences like astrology and spiritual traditions dating from the era of ancient Sumerian civilization as attested by the Yezidi calendar that dates from 4,750 BCE.” https://peacockangel.org/yezidi.prophecy.htm
- An article with an overview of the Yazidi history and religion: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/13/yazidi-religious-beliefs_n_5671903.html
- Artwork of the Yazidi faith: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/an-intriguing-connection/article6327327.ece
- More images by the photographer, which include a mixture of modern life in the Middle East and ancient stonework and architecture found in the area: http://www.ericlafforgue.co m/stream
An Yazidi woman in Iraq named her newborn son Trump shortly after Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States.
The baby’s father: ““We have been going through a never-ending genocide over the last two years at the hands of ISIS, and Obama failed to take out ISIS or help liberate the thousands of Yazidi women and children that are still enslaved by ISIS,” said the father of Dilbreen and Trump, translated by Kejjan. “I hope President Trump will at last take out ISIS so we can return home and rebuild our lives.”
ISIS is reportedly holding 3,200 Yazidi women and girls as sex slaves. Over 5,000 have been killed and 400,000 displaced by the terror group. These numbers reflect only the towns liberated by Yazidi and Kurdish fighters backed by US- and British-led coalition air strikes.” Adlay Kejjan is a Yazidi woman living in the U.S. who has been working with a few nonprofit organizations to raise awareness of the plight of the Yazidi people still held by ISIS terrorists. https://www.algemeiner.com/2016/11/13/why-a-yazidi-woman-in-iraq-named-her-newborn-son-trump/
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