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December 08, 2016
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7 p.m.

US Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024

Genocide and ISIS:
Civilians at Risk
Public Program
Goze, an 85-year-old Iraqi Yezidi woman, makes it to a refugee camp after escaping from ISIS in August 2014. <i>Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum</i>
Goze, an 85-year-old Iraqi Yezidi woman, makes it to a refugee camp after escaping from ISIS in August 2014. Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin for the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Since the summer of 2014, the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, has carried out a violent campaign against civilians in Ninewa province in northern Iraq, home to many of Iraq’s ethnic and religious minorities. These actions have decimated millennia-old communities and irrevocably torn the social fabric of the once-diverse region. The United States government has determined that the ongoing violence constitutes genocide. Join us for a conversation about what the genocide determination means now and what can be done for civilians in Iraq.

Pari Ibrahim, Executive Director, Free Yezidi Foundation
Youhanna Yousif Toma Posa,  human rights advocate, Hammurabi Human Rights Organization
Frank Wolf, Distinguished Senior Fellow, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom, Baylor University

Naomi Kikoler, Deputy Director, Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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The Threat Continues
Confront Genocide
The Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center is dedicated to stimulating timely global action to prevent genocide and to catalyze an international response when genocide does occur.
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Genocide in Iraq
In October 2016, a coalition of forces launched an offensive to drive the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) from Mosul and surrounding areas in Ninewa, in northern Iraq. Religious minorities and other civilians remain at risk now and could face further atrocities in the future.
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Yezidi Minorities under Threat in Iraq
On December 14, 2014, Vian Dakhil—the only Yezidi member of the Iraqi parliament—came to the Museum to discuss the dire plight of her people, a religious minority whom the self-proclaimed Islamic State is targeting for destruction.
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Watch: Canon Andrew White on Mass Atrocities against Religious Communities in Iraq
On September 15, 2014, we invited Canon Andrew White to the Museum to speak on atrocities that the self-proclaimed Islamic State is committing against religious communities in Iraq.
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