Yazidi Genocide Survivors
Organized by: Kellie McCoy
Help provide food, clothing, and shelter for survivors of genocide. On August 3, 2014 ISIS fighters attacked Yazidi villages in Northern Iraq. Yazidis, being non-Muslim, were given a choice to convert immediately to Sunni Islam - or die. ISIS murdered over 5,000 Yazidi men who refused to convert including 500 reportedly buried alive. Nearly 200,000 Yazidis fled to autonomous Kurdistan. Tens of thousands were trapped on Mount Sinjar and in adjacent villages. More than 7,000 women and girls were captured as sex slaves for ISIS fighters. Sexual violence against women and children was rampant. These estimated numbers are widely corroborated and you can read more from the UN's official reporting at www.unhcr.org. A UN report classified these attacks as acts of genocide in March 2015. At least 20,000 Yazidis remain in UN refugee camps and thousands more are displaced persons struggling to survive in makeshift camps throughout Turkey, Syria, and Kurdistan (Northern Iraq). An estimated 85% of the total Yazidi population has been displaced. The Yazidi people have endured persecution throughout history from forces ranging from the Ottoman Empire to Al Qaeda. And now ISIS. The global refugee crisis is real and growing. Your donation will provide Yazidi survivors of genocide, religious persecution, and human rights violations with basic necessities: food, clothing, and shelter. 100% of funds raised goes directly to aid workers and The Olive Branch Organization for Youth NGO (see facebook.com/ghasin.alzaiton) in the region who will purchase food and clothing locally to eliminate overseas shipping costs and ensure every dollar raised has as much impact as possible. Please give what you are able. Every dollar raised helps. NO DONATION IS TOO SMALL!