HEROES RESCUING THE YAZIDIS
IN THE SUMMER of 2014, ISIS soldiers in northern Iraq massacred thousands of men from the minority Yazidi community, and took thousands more Yazidi women and children as sex slaves.
Dr. Mirza Dinnayi, a Yazidi himself, who had moved to Germany in 1994 to escape persecution, embarked on a perilous mission to help hundreds of them to escape. He found an ally in the state of Baden-Württemberg which promised them a home, as well as care and therapy after their arrival.
Dinnayi (pictured left with survivor Lamia Haji Bashar) returned to Iraq, risking the threat of physical violence, to track down, vet and arrange transport for survivors. Worst of all, however, was hearing their tales of rape and torture: “When I remember their stories, I think, ‘How could such things happen in the 21st century?’”
Thanks to Dinnayi’s initiative, 1,100 Yazidis have now begun new lives in Germany.