IsraAID joins memorial for Yazidi victims of Islamic State, helps surviving refugees

Yazidi refugees in Iraq in August, 2014. Credit:  Rachel Unkovic/International Rescue Committee via Wikimedia Commons.


( Members of the Israeli humanitarian organization IsraAid have joined 1500 Yazidi refugees in northern Greece on a march and candle lighting ceremony in memory of the massacre of thousands of Yazidis, as well as the sexual enslavement of thousands of Yazidi women and young girls by the Islamic State terror group when it arrived in the Iraqi town of Sinjar in August of 2014.

The surviving members of the ethnic minority at the Camp Petra refugee camp sang songs and cried at the mentioning of the victim names. IsraAID teams are currently working with the survivors by providing psychological and humanitarian support in Greece, Germany and Iraq. In Germany, in particular, IsraAID helps Yazidi refugees who have escaped to the country by helping them learn German and English, as well as professional skills so that they can integrate in the local workforce. 

IsraAID has also partnered with Microsoft Germany in Berlin to create a social innovation program through which Microsoft volunteers train unaccompanied refugee minors in computer skills. More than 80 Yazidi refugees have participated in the program, which may expand to other parts of Germany where there are Yazidi, Christian and Muslim refugees from the Middle East, Yedioth Achronoth reported.

Posted on August 4, 2016 .