A Ray of Gospel Hope in Northern Iraq

Norlan DeGroot | April 23, 2016

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They fled Sinjar with only the clothes on their backs before ISIS overran the town. Staying behind meant either converting to Islam or dying.

The Yezidi people of northern Iraq have long endured persecution since they set themselves apart from the rest of the world, claiming to be created from Adam alone while everyone else descended from Adam and Eve. They’ve endured mistreatment and worse—rape and murder—by Muslims who reject them, including ISIS.

ISIS excludes the Yezidi from their “People of the Book” classification, which includes Christians, Jews, and other religious groups who acknowledge the one God of Abraham. So the Yezidi aren’t eligible to pay the jizya tax ISIS charges non-Muslims who wish to live among them.

On June 29, 2014, ISIS declared itself a caliphate—an Islamic state ruled by a political and religious leader known as a caliph. They took control of vast areas of Syria and Iraq until, less than two months later, their forces overwhelmed Sinjar, a town west of Mosul close to the Syrian border. ISIS killed an estimated 5,000…

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