The forgotten genocide: The only Yazidi in Taiwan tells his story

The China Post
Date: May 16, 2017
By: The China Post with Mirror Media

Graduate school student Salal Hasan Khudaida is now the only Yazidi living in Taiwan.

Khudaida arrived here after applying for a government scholarship a year and a half

(Mirror Media)

ago to study chemical engineering at Taiwan Tech.

“My older brother came to study civil engineering at Taiwan University about 10 years ago and stayed for eight years. He’s returned to Iraq to teach at the University of Kurdistan. He is the one that told me I could apply for scholarship in Taiwan,” Khudaida said in fluent Mandarin.

“He said Taiwan is a great place and the people are very welcoming here.”

Only 25 years old, Khudaida has witnessed numerous atrocities and cruelty against his people, including during the first Persian Gulf War, the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and, mostly recently, a siege with Islamic State militants during which the terror group committed genocide against the beleaguered religious minority, exterminating thousands of Yazidi men and sexually enslaving countless women and children.

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