Lincoln’s Yazidi community rally on two year anniversary of massacre on Mount Sinjar

Posted By: Veronica Ortega

On August 3, 2014 the world watched as Isis attacked villages on Mount Sinjar near Northern Iraq, killing tens of thousands of Yazidi. While many women and children were forced into sexual slavery.

On the two year anniversary,  Lincoln’s Yazidi community stood on top of the steps of the State Capitol holding images of the atrocities the religious minority is still facing today.

"The people who are captive are suffering every day from Isis slavery," Gawry Hassan said.

Adnan Shamo worked as a translator for the U.S. military for almost seven years in Iraq. He says people are living without electricity, edible food, and clean water.

They say the situation is getting more dire as the genocide continues, and despite ongoing protests around the world, not enough action has taken place to help.

"Right now the focus is on the presidency and elections, but they forget about minorities," Shamo said.

According to the U.N. 3,200 women and girls remain captive and thousands of men are missing. Gawry Hassan has family she hasn’t heard from in over a year. She says she fears for their safety and is pleading for your help.

"I have 62 family members who are captive in Isis hands, and no one is helping them. I’m please asking you to help us," Hassan said.

they say on the anniversary of that tragic day they remember the dead, but pray for the living. They hope something is done soon before an entire group of people is gone.