Yazidi Homecoming Could Succeed Iraq’s October 9 Agreement with Kurds

Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate August 11, 2014. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Remember the Yazidis? ISIS massacred 5,000 of them and drove hundreds of thousands out of northern Iraq in 2014. More about that here. Details are now starting to emerge from an October 9 peace deal that could allow Yazidi survivors to begin returning home.

“There’s been an agreement made between the Iraqi government and the Kurdish government that would allow for people who fled go back. There will be some stability and control for the first time since after ISIS,” Samuel* of Redemptive Stories says.

As explained here, the agreement aims to rid northern Iraq of Turkish forces. However, “it’s also related to the pullout of U.S. troops,” Samuel notes. The more details come out, the more politically complex this agreement becomes. International players like the U.S. and U.N. support the deal, while some in the Yazidi community reject it.

A report examining the political nature of this agreement and its impact on Gospel work is forthcoming. Today, Samuel offers a praise report concerning the Yazidi community.

“God has done amazing things and many of them have come to faith in Jesus Christ, which is wonderful news,” Samuel says.

“He took the terrible situation of ISIS and brought Yazidis to Himself through that. Yes, it was an atrocity and a genocide, as we mentioned. But God still does beautiful things through messes.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for wisdom as Yazidi believers seek God’s will for their future.
  • Ask the Lord to bless those He calls to return home.