Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Evil That Cannot Be Left Unanswered

Roger Cohen, NYT
DEC. 10, 2015

This is an article from Turning Points, a magazine that explores what critical moments from this year might mean for the year ahead.

Just outside Diyarbakir in southeastern Turkey, there is a refugee camp where more than 2,700 Yazidis languish in makeshift tents more than a year after being driven out of northern Iraq by Islamic State fanatics.

I was there recently, chatting with a couple who showed me photos on a mobile phone of a man who was beheaded in their village. “They are slaughterers,” said Anter Halef, a proud man stripped of hope. In a corner sat his 16-year-old daughter, crying. I asked her why. “We just ran from the war and…”’ Feryal murmured. Uncontrollable sobbing swallowed the rest of her sentence. I had seldom seen such undiluted grief etched on a young face. Life had been ripped out of her even before she had begun to live.

The Yazidis, a religious minority viewed by the Islamic State jihadis as devil-worshipers, constitute a small fraction of the 2.2 million refugees who have fled to Turkey from the Syrian war and from the spillover violence in Iraq. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has described the killing of Yazidis as an act of genocide.

(More here.)

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