Photo - Yazidi children dying of hunger, thirst, and exhaustion, while the world focuses on Gaza.
Where are the mass demonstrations calling for ISIS end to their butchery, and for the West's genuine and effective help for their victims?
WHO ARE THE YAZIDIS?
There are about 700,000 Yazidis in the world, living chiefly in northern Iraq and on Mount Sinjar. They are ethnically Kurdish but adhere to a religion founded some 6,000 years ago by an Ummayyad sheikh.
The religion, while it predates Christianity and Islam, incorporates elements of each, as well as Zoroastrianism, an ancient belief founded by an Iranian philosopher in around 6BC.
The Yazidis live in small communities mainly scattered through northwest Iraq, north west Syria and south east Turkey, although members are also found in Georgia and Armenia. Accounts of their population vary, with estimates ranging from 50,000 to a million, and their number has fallen considerably over the past 100 years. Despite this, they have a well-organised society, following a chief sheikh as their religious leader and an emir, or prince, as the secular head.
The religion is centred around worship of the fallen archangel Melek Tawwus, or Peacock Angel. But unlike Satan's fall from grace, Melek Tawwus was readmitted into Heaven by God and represents humanity's potential for both good and evil. For this reason, the Yazidis have unfairly garnered a reputation as devil-worshippers among certain faiths, and have faced centuries of alienation, oppression and attempted extermination. Yazidis - who do not believe in hell or evil - deny they are.
Many Yazidi traditions are shrouded in such secrecy that most have never been witnessed by outsiders. Yazidis regard marriage outside their faith as a sin punishable by ostracism or even death to restore lost honour. Most Yazidis, even young people, choose to live in their isolated communities, though they often face extreme poverty.
The Yazidis have been targeted before, and claim to have been subjected to 72 genocides during the Ottoman rule of the 18th and 19th centuries. In 2007 a series of massive truck bombs in northern Iraq killed nearly 500 villagers from the group in August 2007. Now, forced to flee after the Islamic State group gave them an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a religious fine, flee or face death, the plight of these secretive people is under the world's spotlight.Read more
and see additional disturbing pictures of a genocide perpetrated by Muslim ISIS on the Yazidi religious minority in Iraq.
Previous report - Yazidis waiting for world help, and a few air drops of food and water from the United States government.
Read more - http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/2014/08/while-media-obsesses-over-israel-and.html
ISLAMIST TERROR GROUP ISIS IS BEHEADING CHRISTIAN CHILDREN
AND RAPING MOTHERS IN IRAQ, SAYS CHRISTIAN LEADER ON CNN
Article has link to graphic pictures
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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest confirmed on Friday that President Obama is still planning to go on vacation this weekend, in spite of the violent developments in Iraq and his decision to authorize military air strikes in the region.
Read more - http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/08/White-House-No-Change-In-Obama-Vacation-Or-Fundraising-Plans