Nearly 800 Yazidi women and girls and others who fled persecution by ISIS in northern Iraq have been resettled in Canada, the immigration minister said Thursday.
Canada’s parliament last year, with Iraqi activist Nadia Murad on hand, declared the persecution of Yazidis a genocide and said this country would take in up to 1,200.
“Today, I am proud (to say that) almost 800 Yazidi women and girls, and other survivors of ISIS have already arrived, and have begun the process of rebuilding their lives with the assistance of private sponsors and community groups all across Canada,” Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told the House of Commons.
“I continue to be amazed by the generosity and compassion extended to this highly vulnerable group by all Canadians,” he added.
Thousands of women and girls, especially from the Yazidi minority, suffered horrific abuse in ISIS-controlled areas, including rape, abduction, slavery and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.
Around 3,000 are believed to remain in captivity, the UN Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN rights office said in an August report.
The report also raised particular concerns over the situation of hundreds of children born from the sexual violence risked facing a lifetime of discrimination and abuse.
On Tuesday, another Yazidi survivor, Shireen Jerdo Ibrahim, testified before a US congressional committee, seeking US help for her community.
Long wait for captive Yazidis’ return spent rebuilding shrine in Iraq’s BashiqaYazidi men and boys in the town of Bashiqa north east of Mosul are rebuilding a shrine destroyed by ISIS as they wait for the return of women from ... Middle East
Kurdish Independence and the unheard Yazidi voiceYazidis have a population of about a half million people in Iraq. Their voting power in the upcoming independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region ... Middle East
Yazidi girl, 14, speaks of six-month ordeal at the hands of ISIS captorIn the year 2014, Ekhlas, a 14-year-old was captured by ISIS when they targeted the Yazidis, an ethnic Kurdish group in northern Iraq, killing men and ... Middle East
Intimate photos emerge of ISIS judge in Iraq with ‘captive’ Yazidi womenRecently, social media published photos of one of the ISIS fighters in Iraq with one of the Yazidi female prisoners who was captured by Abu Bakr ... Features