Persecuted: Yazidi children (pictured) have taken to sheltering in the holy valley of Lalish, while others trapped in the Sinjar Mountains were flown renewed supplies by the U.S. today. The religious minority is not alone in being threatened by the militants, who also say Christians and Shia Muslims are heretics and should convert.
Yazidi religion is one of the oldest religions in the world, more ancient than Islam or Christianity. It originated in Mesopotamia and is deeply persecuted around the Middle East because it is misunderstood as Satanism (which it's NOT). | Photo: A Yazidi New Year's celebration. Emrah Yorulmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images