House committee studying Canadian response to conflict hears from Christian, Yazidi groups

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By Kady O’Malley, CBC News
Children from Yazidi families displaced by Islamic State group militants warm their hands over hot coals in a partially constructed building in Dohuk, northern Iraq. The House foreign affairs committee is looking into the complex question of religious persecution related to the ongoing conflict in Iraq.
Children from Yazidi families displaced by Islamic State group militants warm their hands over hot coals in a partially constructed building in Dohuk, northern Iraq. The House foreign affairs committee is looking into the complex question of religious persecution related to the ongoing conflict in Iraq. (Seivan Selim/The Associated Press)

 quite different from the way they treated Christians,” he told the committee on November 27.

“Apparently the instructions were to just take the Christians out of their towns, their villages, their cities, their houses, confiscate everything — even heart medication was confiscated from an elderly person — and kick them out. The instructions with regard to the [Yazidis] were to torture them —  kill them savagely.”

The group was asked about the reason for the different treatment, Tomas said.

“The answer was that in the Koran, the book they believe was dictated by God to Muhammad, Christians are described as ‘The People of the Book’  and there is a verse in there that says to treat them well … So they are literally going by the Koran.”

The Yazidis, however, “are, for them, blasphemers —  they don’t believe in God.”

That study is expected to resume when MPs return to the Hill in the new year, with four additional meetings scheduled.

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