Appeal: Yezidi Hindus Relief Fund
The Yezidi in Iraq, who trace their religious-cultural to India, are facing an existential threat. According to the news reports, ISIS is targeting to exterminate and/or enslave them. Some of them have escaped to the Sinjair mountains in Northern Iraq where they are trapped. Unless they are rescued very soon we may witness Yezidi genocide.
Several activists both from Hindu and Yezidi communities are working hard to raise awareness and bring both communities together with activities such as prayers at Hindu Temples around the world, fund raising to provide desperately needed supplies in winter at the camps in the desert, building bridges with Governments to provide support and helping raise their voice in many forums (e.g. UN).
But it is not enough. They are counting on our help in any possible way.
Prior to the onslaught of the current war, it was estimated that there were around 700,000 Yezidi living in the Northern Iraqi regions. As of this date, not including those who are unaccounted for (missing and presumed dead) the numbers of those surviving are much less than 500,000 with 210,000 known dead. Half a million surviving are homeless with winter coming within a few weeks and no winter clothing to keep them from the elements. According to an article in the Kurdistan Tribune 11 of the Yezidi refugee Camps are located in several areas between Sinjar and the Turkish borders. These refugees in Northern Iraq, Turkish border and Syria are in urgent need of the following:
- Food, Clean Drinking Water, Tents
- Winter clothing- especially for the children
- Medical supplies, Medical Doctors, Nurses, Volunteers
- Financial Aid
- Camp Schools
The situation is dire and we do not yet have contacts on the ground of Yezidi on the inside of those camps who are willing to speak up due to their fear of being caught by the members of the ISIS.
VHPA is working with Yezidi’s in the USA and other groups like Sewa International, Art of Living that have direct contacts with the Yezidi’s in the camps to provide direct help to the Yezidi refugees in the above areas.
VHPA is also working to raise the awareness of this dire situation and hopes to bring a resolution by:
- Communication, education and media coverage of the issue to general public
- Meeting with government officials and leaders of Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, US, India and UN
Please contribute generously to save Yezidi civilization today.
Your donations are tax deductible.
Visit www.vhp-america.org and click the link Yezidi Hindu Relief Fund
You can use your Visa, M/C or Discover card for your contribution.
Or make check payable to VHP of America and mail it to:
VHP of America, P. O. Box 441505, Houston, TX 77244-1505
Dr. Umesh Shukla
VP Seva, VHPA
VHP of America Inc. is a 501(3)(c), non-profit, tax-exempt volunteering organization who helps the needy people regardless of their race, religion, color, ethnicity, or gender. VHP of America Tax ID# is 510-156-325.