Raising Awareness Through “Taking Refuge”
Most of us – myself included – first heard the term “Yezidi” last summer when ISIS sent thousands from the minority group running to Mount Sinjar, where they encountered death. But, this was not the first time Yezidis had been the subject of a humanitarian crisis. Members of the faith have faced persecution long before the rise of the jihadist group, often bordering on genocidal proportions.
One Yezidi woman is working to change that.
Gulie Khalaf came to the United States with her family at age thirteen. While excited to embark upon the journey from the Middle East to America, the family’s one-way ticket also symbolized change, fear, and the unknown – the Khalafs were coming to America as refugees.