Winnipeg's Yazidis ask Canadians to 'open their hearts'

Winnipeg's small Yazidi community is appealing for help.

Religious persecution in northern Iraq sparks plea for awareness in Canada

Nafiya Naso says of the 200 or so Yazidis living in Winnipeg, each one has a family member back home in northern Iraq, where Yazidis have fleed into the mountains to escape religious persecution from Islamic militants. (CBC)

Winnipeg's small Yazidi community is appealing for help. 

They held a rally at Assiniboine Park to raise awareness about what's happening to their families in northern Iraq. 

Nafiya Naso said some 200,000 Yazidis have fled Islamic militants.

The U.S. military has been carrying out airstrikes and airdropping food and water. But Naso said those supplies aren't getting through.

"From what we know nobody we know has received any help," she said Saturday. "They're still stuck on the mountains and we're just putting awareness out there for people to please open their eyes and open their hearts and help our community."

Naso said the Yazidi community is very small, even in Iraq. 

She said of the approximately 200 Yazidis who live in Winnipeg, every single one has family back home in Iraq.