MP Tom Kmiec meets with Nadia Murad, UN Ambassador on Yazidis and survivor of ISIS
Ottawa, October 24, 2016 – Earlier today, Tom Kmiec, Member of Parliament for Calgary Shepard and Conservative Deputy Critic for Foreign Affairs met with Nadia Murad, a Yazidi survivor of ISIS enslavement and UN Goodwill Ambassador as well as Murad Ismael, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Yazda, a global Yazidi organization. In 2014 Nadia was taken captive and enslaved by ISIS. After facing unimaginable brutality, she escaped. Nadia is now a UN Goodwill Ambassador, defending the rights of religious minorities and fighting for fellow Yazidis, who are still being held captive by ISIS.
Nadia was in Ottawa to speak with a handful of MPs on the importance of voting tomorrow in favour of the Opposition Motion on Yazidi Genocide that will recognize that ISIS is committing genocide against the Yazidi people and support prioritizing Yazidi women, girls and children for entry into Canada as refugees within 120 days of passage.
“My meeting with Nadia was highly informative about the human rights situation facing the Yazidi people and we discussed how Canada can assist Yazidi survivors of genocide and sexual slavery. I was able to put a face to what we know is genocide and that we can in a measurable way help these women and girls with a better life in Canada” said MP Kmiec.
The Yazidi are a religious minority of around 700,000 people, concentrated in Northern Iraq, in and around Mount Sinjar and in the Nineveh Plains prior to August 2014. Yazidism is one of the oldest religions in the Middle East, dating back 6,000 years. Yazidi is “a religion, a culture, and a language”.
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