Danny captured this beautiful sunrise near the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq back in 2008. While this photo is of a sunrise, it would be more appropriate to say that since the U.S. withdrew from Iraq, there have only been sunsets in Sinjar, plunging the region into nightmarish darkness.
While the media has moved on to cover the spread of Ebola or the U.S. elections, the massacres and violence have continued in Sinjar. Men, women, and children are being slaughtered in the name of Allah or falling victim to the elements as they hide from the monsters hunting them. Why? All because they do not worship the right deity, or have differing theological beliefs regarding that deity.
What can you do? Contact your representatives in Congress and urge them to take more pointed action now. The Yazidis and Kurds need food, shelter - and weapons. The U.S.-led missile strikes have done little to curb or deter the mass killing by ISIS murderers. While the U.N.'s official death count is at 5,500 for Iraq since ISIS began their assault earlier this year, the count is likely to be much higher, especially when you include victims in Syria. Infants and children are being tortured and beheaded; men are being beaten, tortured, crucified; women are meeting the same fate or having their lives "spared" to become sex slaves.
If news of these atrocities are coming as a surprise to you, I urge you to do a simple web search or start with some of the links I've posted below.
Be Aware. Contact Congress. Pray for Iraq.