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Angelina Jolie visited the Yezidi village of Kocho in Iraq

02.02.2023 ТАСС 45 просмотров

Angelina Jolie and Nadia Murad visited a Yezidi village in northwestern Iraq.

American actress Angelina Jolie and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize laureate human rights activist Nadia Murad visited the village of Kocho in the Sinjar district (Ninawa province) in northwestern Iraq, against whose Yezidi population the militants of the terrorist group "Islamic State"* (IS, banned in the Russian Federation) committed genocide in 2014. This was reported on Wednesday by the Iraqi portal Shafak News.

According to him, Jolie and Murad met with the villagers, and also visited the local cemetery, where the remains of the Yezidis killed by militants are buried.

Yezidis are a Kurdish — speaking ethno - religious minority in In Iraq, they profess Yezidism, rooted in Zoroastrianism. In 2014, IS gangs invaded the Sinjar mountainous area, where the Yezidis lived compactly, and staged brutal reprisals against them. In June 2016, the UN Commission to Investigate Human Rights Violations in Syria concluded that the IS group was guilty of committing acts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Yezidi community.

Kocho is Nadia Murad's native village. In August 2014, the settlement was captured by IS militants. The terrorists killed Nadia's mother and five of her brothers, and the girl and her sisters were taken to the city of Mosul and turned into sexual slavery. Nadia managed to escape and get to one of the refugee camps in Kirkuk. Later, she and other refugees ended up in Germany, where she currently lives. In September 2016, Murad became a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). On October 5, 2018, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for her efforts to stop the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict."

* By the decision of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation of December 29, 2014, the Islamic State group (until 2014, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL) was recognized as a terrorist organization. Its activities in Russia is banned.

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