Canada to welcome Yazidi refugees — here’s what you need to know

Yazidi survivor and activist Nadia Murad Basee Taha. Photo, Yorgos Karahalis/AP.On Tuesday, Parliament unanimously passed a motion that will bring Yazidi women and girls who survived sexual slavery to Canada within the next four months. It’s a victory for activists and politicians who, for the better part of a year, urged the Liberal government to extend the generosity that brought more than 30,000 Syrians to this country to Yazidi women and girls.
The Yazidis are a religious minority group who have been brutally targeted by ISIS in northern Iraq, resulting in what the United Nations has called a genocide. The sexual violence committed against Yazidis is considered to be among the worst atrocities happening to women and girls in the world right now, according to the UN.
“For us to see Canada not accepting the injustice that was committed by ISIS is something very important,” 23-year-old survivor and …
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