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Today is the six year anniversary of the Yazidi Genocide. 

If you don't know about the Yazidi people or what happened to them...this is the episode for you. 

My guest this week is Farida Khalaf - a Yazidi girl from a village in Northern Iraq - 100km west of Mosul. The Yazidi religion is an ancient minority in predominantly muslim Iraq, and when ISIS seized the city of Mosul in June 2014, Farida feared that her village would be next.

On 3rd August 2014, ISIS fighters began the systematic slaughter of Farida’s people. Just under two weeks later, on the 15th August, they surrounded her village, rounded up it’s inhabitants and killed every man and boy. The women were taken to be sold, tortured, raped and enslaved.

Farida shares her insanely harrowing story, from a simple village life, to mass rape, beatings and abuse at the hands of ISIS. Amazingly, Farida managed to escape and has gone on to write a book about her experience called ‘The Girl Who Beat ISIS'. She now lives in Germany where she is an advocate for Yazidi women globally. 

This episode is dedicated to every Yazidi who lost their life, experienced torture or continues to live under ISIS control. 

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