Women from Iraq's Yazidi minority get together to perform centuries-old sacred songs. They've survived captivity by ISIS, and loved ones' deaths. "We are here to send a message to ISIS," says one choir member, "that we will never break."
Photo of the Day | From ‘Islamic State’s Yazidi Survivors’ by @mayaalleruzzo , @AP , on the survivors of the slavery economy operated by the Iraqi forces in IS-held territory since 2017. Find out more about the #WPPh2021 nominated story:
In 2014, ISIS took the life of my beloved mother. For 6 long years, I & other survivors were denied the right to bury our loved ones with dignity. Today, I am overwhelmed with emotion as the mass grave where she lays beside other Yazidi women is finally exhumed.
Today marks the 5th anniversary of the Yazidi Genocide. Thousands of innocent Yazidis were killed & thousands were taken into slavery, 3000 remain missing. We lost everything, but we never gave up. Yazidis are stronger than the evil ideology of ISIS that wanted to destroy us.
'And you had the Nobel Prize? That's incredible. They gave it to you for what reason?' Donald Trump asks Nadia Murad After a pause, the Nobel laureate repeated her story about the deaths of her mother, six brothers, and thousands of the Yazidi community