There may be two main problems. The first problem centres around the designation of the refugee status and the second, the designation of who is particularly vulnerable and resettling based on this consideration. Religious minorities struggle to be recognised under either.
UNITED NATIONS — For the first time, the United Nations has launched an international investigation into the crimes of the
Yazidis are clearly exercising huge resilience. Their private faith and their religious leader are a great source of strength during this time of crisis. They form strong bonds within their community, but remain disconnected and untrusting of local people and organisations.
There is simply not enough qualified help and resource in the region to deal with the needs of those who have survived sexual torture and significant trauma. Yazidis have been victims of extremists for centuries and don't feel safe.
But we have come too far to go backwards. We have woken to the notion that consent and respect must be entrenched in the way we treat both girls and boys from the very beginnings. And whether it is in media, in schools, in our homes, or on the streets, we must all speak out loudly against the small, 'harmless' transgressions that ultimately put women at risk. We must not return to slumber.
Everyone has heard of ISIS by now, so why then has one of their most brutal atrocities gained such little public attention? As stated by Nadia Murad, Yazidi survivor and recently appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking - "the world remained silent".
Vian has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year. I can think of no more deserving recipient of this award. And her people need the global awareness the award could bring. Maybe then the world will care enough to demand action. Please help spread the word about the genocide of the Yazidis and the continuing enslavement of Yazidi women and girls.
Amid the trail of destruction, over three thousand daughters, mothers and grandmothers were seized and taken deep into Islamic State's heartland. Here, they were branded 'infidels', tortured, raped and sold into sexual slavery. I'm a British Yazidi teenager, determined to help these women.
Cala is one of over 3,000 Yazidi women and children kidnapped by IS. They are 'objects', to be used and abused as their new owners see fit. The rapists from IS justify their actions by praying before and after they rape the girls, turning their atrocities into a religious act.
The great hope is that they will return to their classes and spread the word. Hopefully those messages from Noor, Munira and Bushra, will eventually reach the very children preparing themselves to flee their loving, comfortable homes in Britain and head for a new life with Daesh. These Yazidi girls know the horrible truth of the fate that will befall anyone considering that move.