On Aug. 3, 2014, Islamic State blitzed through dozens of northern Iraq’s minority-inhabited towns and villages, expelling, kidnapping, enslaving and massacring along the way. Many Christian, Shabak and Kakai’i people lost everything and were forced to flee their ancestral lands. But none suffered like the Yazidis.
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I never learned about Kurds. Not once. Nor did I learn about any of the other ethnic and religious minorities in the region such as Alawis, Armenians, Assyrians, Amazigh, Chaldeans, Copts, Ibadis, Kaka’i, Shabak, Yezidis, and Zoroastrians. My formal education was incomplete at best, and subjective at worst.
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Many policymakers, politicians and writers have the gall to continue demanding that Kurds remain part of a “unified” Iraq — despite the fact that Kurds are almost unanimously opposed to IS; that the Kurdish people have been oppressed and persecuted and had genocide committed against them by various iterations of Baghdad since Iraq’s inception; and that almost every Kurd wants to live in a free and independent state.