Iraq’s Yazidis: Among the World’s Most Threatened Minorities

Author
Antonella Caruso
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Istituto Affari Internazionali
Abstract
Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in Iraq on 5 March 2021 for a historic three-day visit. The Holy Father aims to promote a message of hope and support to thousands of Iraqi Christians who have returned or are yet to return to their homes after the official defeat of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) in December 2017. The first-ever Pontifical visit will also include stops in Mosul and the Christian enclave of Qaraqosh, in northern Iraq, in a province which has been ground zero for so much violence and ethnic and religious cleansing over the past years. All minorities have suffered in Iraq – but none as much as the Yazidis, slaughtered by the thousands by IS militants. While other minorities have slowly returned home, the Yazidi future remains bleaker than ever.
Topic
Religion, Minorities, Yazidis
Political Geography
Iraq, Turkey, Middle East, Vatican city, Mediterranean