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In Iraq, Yazidis seeking refuge at holy site feel helpless, abandoned
In Iraq, Yazidis seeking refuge at holy site feel helpless, abandoned

‎Aveen Khalf Kasim, 7, walked around one of the seven pillars at the main shrine of the Yazidi faith, hastily untying and tying knots. "I was asking for the well-being for all the Yazidis," explained the youngster, who was wearing a pink T-shirt bearing the words "happy" and "live" in English. The Yazidis, who follow an ancient faith with links to Zoroastrianism, Islam and Christianity, believe that prayers made while tying a knot in the colorful fabric will be granted when another pilgrim unties them. "All the Yazidis are coming here and praying for well-being," said her mother, Laila Afdaal. In early August, the Sunni Muslim militant...

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