Iraq’s Yazidis: Among the World’s Most Threatened Minorities
- Antonella Caruso
- Content Type
- Working Paper
- Istituto Affari Internazionali
- 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.
- Religion, Minorities, Yazidis
- Political Geography
- Iraq, Turkey, Middle East, Vatican city, Mediterranean