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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

UN Alarmed Over Threat to Yazidi Children

There may be a ceasefire in Gaza, but that doesn't men children's lives re not at threat in the Middle East: the United Nations is expressing concern over reports that some 40 Yazidi children have been killed in Sinjar,  now being ethnically cleansed by the "Islamic State." Other reports suggest many Yazidi men have been killed and their children taken.

Kurdish peshmergas continue to fight against IS forces in the region and are now being joined by hastily-raised Yazidi militias (most Yazidis are Kurdish-speaking)

Also see The Economist on the Yazidis here.

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