- A community ravaged by 74 genocides.
- A population deprived of trauma care, health care, education and human rights.
- A people who endure almost unyielding religious persecution and face extinction at the hands of ISIS.
In 2014, nearly 6,000 young women and children were taken captive by the Islamic State in Iraq, part of a brutal attack that has since been designated genocide. They were sold as sex slaves among ISIS jihadists, abused, drugged, and assaulted because of their religious beliefs.
Currently, nearly half the Yazidi population, about 250,000 people, are displaced; forcibly removed from their homes with nowhere else to go. Half of the population is living in refugee camps within bomb-ridden, ISIS-controlled territory and will never be able to return home. Only 1,100 escapees have been resettled in Germany with other countries beginning to open their borders.
The fact remains that the Yazidi people have been entirely ravaged because of their religious beliefs despite the International Right to Freedom of Thought, Conscience, Religion or Belief and the Freedom of Expression, intended for all human beings.
Even if a state has an “official” religion, or if the majority of the population practices one religion, the fundamental freedoms and rights of others should never be taken away.
Everyone has the freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
– Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
This is the right that we at Hardwired are advocating and working to
establish – so that families like this one can live without worry of
targeted death, sex enslavement, or being forced into jihadist training
- We have just distributed Human Rights advocacy booklets informing every girl on her Article 18 rights.
- We aim to give every girl a personal care kit to combat the poor, almost savage conditions of refugee camps and help her to re-establish her dignity and autonomy.
- We hope to sponsor one teacher for each of the 18 camps to educate every girl and teach her how to defend those rights herself.
Only with your help are these goals achievable.