AFRIN, Syria – A Yazidi journalist has claimed that Turkish-led forces are forming Yazidi women in Syria’s northwest region of Afrin to wear a hijab.
Saad Babir, a Yazidi journalist, activist and Media Director for the Yazda NGO, explained that Turkish-led forces in Basofean village are forcing women to wear a hijab.
This comes as last week Olive Branch Forces, a coalition of the Turkish military and their Syrian jihadist puppets, captured the entirety of the Afrin region from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
In addition, Babir also claimed that the jihadist group Ahrar al-Sham, are forcing Yazidis to learn Islamic religious texts. The Yazidis are a religious minority who are viewed by hard line Salafists as devil worshipers.
In #Basofean village, City of #Afrin, The Syrian free Army obligate #Yazidi women to use Al- Hijab, and the #Ahrar Alsham battalion, force Yazidis to learn #Islamic religious texts . #The process of converting Yazidi under pressure started in City of Afrin.
— Saad babir (@saad_baber) March 27, 2018
The Yazidis are well known as they survived a genocide perpetrated by ISIS in the northern Iraqi region of Sinjar. The genocide saw the Yazidis driven into the Sinjar mountains in the middle of 2014, with thousands dying in the process. They now face a new threat in Afrin from Turkish-led forces.