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>> A plea for help from the persecuted, the spiritual leader of Iraq's Yazidi minority calling for the world's protection. The communities face genocide at the hands of Islamic states according to the United Nations. Thousands of men executed and women and children enslaved. Reuters' Mahesh Miteli spoke to Khurto Hajji Ismail at his home in northern Iraq.
>> The Baba Sheikh told me that the most important thing that he can think of right now is to ensure protection for his community while it is recovering. He said he spoke about it to the Americans, to the Russians, to the European nations, and he would like very much for the nations themselves to come with some form of formula for that to happen.
He says that we are doing our bit, we are trying to help ourselves. But the local governments in Iraq are not really able to provide the care and to provide the therapy that is needed by the victims. He himself had issues ruling two years ago saying that those who escape from Islamic State, even if they were forced to convert to another religion, they have to be welcomed back and they have to be loved.
They have to be reintegrated with the community and they should be considered as pure Yazidis.