Rather than highlight the plight of Assyrians and other Christian groups in the Middle East, Pope Francis' visit may end up worsening their situation.
While the papal tour to Iraq may have inspired hope in many, it also revealed how insidious the systematic erasure of Middle Eastern Christians, and other ethnic and religious minorities, is—and how easily their experiences have been sidelined for the sake of political expediency.
Murad has joined forces with human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to fight for an investigation into ISIS's crimes against humanity.
Iraq's Christian population has decreased to 250,000 from more than a million in 2003.
The human rights lawyer will represent Yazidi victims of ISIS at the International Criminal Court.
She has become the public face for Yazidi women and girls held in ISIS captivity.
It's the second time U.S. lawmakers have declared a genocide.
Around 10 percent of refugees arriving in Europe are from Iraq.
The American historian writes exclusively for Newsweek on the plight of the Yazidis.
A 20-year-old Yazidi woman taken hostage by ISIS tried to kill herself on multiple occasions.
Yazidi groups have all but given up on the return of hostages.
For now, momentum is all on the Islamic State's side.
UN say 8,000 civilians killed in second half of 2014 as militants oppress Christians, Yazidis and Turkmen.
After jihadists forced them to flee their homes, members of the religious minority group are trying to begin their lives anew.
It says that sexual intercourse is "permissible", as is trading non-Muslim slaves, including young girls
Kurdish forces, helped by coalition airstrikes, took back a northern Iraqi town and several villages on Saturday
Young and old men were taught how to use assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades by the Syrian Kurds
A team of U.S. military and humanitarian personnel found fewer people than feared, and in better condition, said the Pentagon
UN reports that 1,500 Yazidis and Christians may have been forced into sex slavery
The U.S. supports the new premier, but Maliki says he isn't going anywhere
U.S. officials said they were considering a risky mission to save the group still trapped on the mountain by the Islamic State