Du’a Khalil Aswad

Du’a Khalil Aswad

“Du’a Khalil Aswad was a 17-year old Yazidi (a non-Muslim Kurdish minority) girl in Iraq who was stoned to death because members of her community believed she had run off to marry a Sunni Muslim man. A number of people in the crowd filmed the brutal death on their mobile phones, and the footage was later posted on the Internet. Aswad was a member of the Yazidi religious sect, which bans marriage outside of faith. They [the crowd] brutally killed a young Yazidi girl in pursuit of out-of-date tribal rites," the AFP news agency quoted Tahsin Saeed Ali, the Yazidi religious leader known as the emir of the Yazidis in Iraq as saying. Iraqi authorities have since reportedly arrested four people in connection to Aswad’s death, including members of the girl’s immediate family.”

[Al-Jazeera News]

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