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The Survivors: W5

Catalogue Number:  CTV800
Producer:  CTV
Producing Agencies:  CTV
Subject:  Criminal Justice & Law, Documentary, Global Studies, Guidance, Health, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2019
Running Time:  32:00

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It was August 4, 2014, in a systematic wave of terror, the Islamic State group carried out a well-orchestrated campaign to exterminate the Yazidis, a religious minority that populates Northern Iraq. Jihadi fighters swept through village after village slaughtering Yazidis. In just a matter of days, 10,000 Yazidis were killed.

The young women and girls were mostly spared, but for a fate almost worse than death. Seven thousand were rounded up to be sold as sex slaves amongst the ISIS militants. Dilveen, who was 10 at the time and Dalal, 13, were no exception. Dilveen managed to escape after three months and came with her family to Canada in 2016. Dalal was enslaved for four excruciating years.

In August 2019, Dilveen returned to Iraq for an emotional homecoming on the five-year anniversary of the ISIS genocide of the Yazidi people. At a remote camp for internally displaced people, Dilveen and Dalal were at last reunited.

A Canadian human rights organization, One Free World International, has spent the last five years rescuing Yazidis from ISIS slavery and helping those who have been granted asylum adjust to life in Canada.

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