Human Crisis / by Cyrus

(allegedly) Yazidis on Sinjar mountain in the 1920s, where ISIS militants are attacking them today
(allegedly) Yazidis on Sinjar mountain in the 1920s, where ISIS militants are attacking them today

Thousands of Kurdish Yazidis are fleeing IS militants. Their situation is dire -- IS view adherents of the minority religion as apostates, and about 140,000 people are clambering north to escape death.  It's hard to imagine where help will come from. I don't know what to do, but the story hasn't received much publicity, so I thought I'd at least share it here.

I traveled through Yazidi territory with French journalist Allan Kaval on our last Raw Music mission. I'm thinking of the people I met there and their families.

We forget about the huge amount of religious diversity in this region until it comes under attack...

Here's another more personal piece on the crisis by George Packer for the New Yorker:

http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/friend-flees-horror-isis