I spoke to Mirza Ismail, a leader of Toronto's Yezidi people, about the plight of Yezidis in Iraq -- including his own family, who were forced from their home and are now living in tents in Northern Iraq.
He believes the rest of the media "doesn't show even five percent of what is going on there."
Ismail also talks about Canada's involvement in the region. This couldn't be more timely, because next week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper will seek Parliament’s approval to extend and expand Canada’s mission against the Islamic State in Iraq.
New Democrat Leader Thomas Mulcair has already declared his opposition to any involvement of Canadian troops in “what is simply not our war.”
Meanwhile, the United Nations human rights office said on Thursday that Islamic State fighters have committed genocide in trying to wipe out the minority Yezidi community in Iraq as well as crimes against civilians including children.
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