Agony of the Yazidis

Story highlightsISIS has succeeded in ethnically cleansing hundreds of thousands of Yazidis from their Iraqi homelandsThe Yazidis are an ancient religious group believed to pre-date both Christianity and IslamISIS considers the group to be apostates and has killed and enslaved thousands"Pray for me," said the next woman in line, as she bowed her head and kissed the old priest's hand.

This was a farewell ceremony for 66 women and children who had all been former captives of the armed Islamist movement known as ISIS.

Most of those gathered here suffered unspeakable crimes at the hands of the jihadi militants. And all of the victims were Yazidis, members of an ancient ethnic and r