26 Yazidi women and children were handed over to the Yazidi Council in Sinjar district after they were kidnapped by ISIS over five years ago. During ISIS’ invasion of Iraq, the Yazidis constituted a primary target for the militants who kidnapped thousands of their women and children.
President Donald Trump signed the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act into law Dec. 11. The law instructs the federal government to prioritize assistance for religious and ethnic minorities that have been targeted for "genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes".
Dr Nagham Nawzat, a Yazidi gynecologist, has provided life-saving support to around 1,200 Yazidi women enslaved by ISIS. Dr. Nawzat is a volunteer at the Duhok Survivors Centre, where she provides health services to the women.