National Geographic: The woman who inspired the world to act against ISIS

 – In August 2014 Islamic State militants slaughtered hundreds of Yazidi men in northern Iraq and enslaved Yazidi women. Tens of thousands of Yazidi refugees fled to the Sinjar mountains. Knowing the terrible conditions her people were enduring, Vian Dakhil, a member of the Iraqi Council of Representatives and a Yazidi, made an emotional plea on the parliament floor. Her speech was widely credited with leading to a full-scale international attack on ISIS. She recently reflected on the events.

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