The Canadian government must act now to save Yazidis


Federal Government must live up to obligations to help victims of Yazidi genocide in Iraq One Free World International (OFWI) has returned from Iraq trip with a policy blueprint for resettlement of 400 rescued former ISIS sex slaves to Canada

 Toronto – Safely home from a trip to Iraq, OFWI gave voice to the victims of genocide by sharing the horrifying accounts of rape, murder, and unimaginable brutality committed by ISIS in its genocide of the Yazidi in Iraq and Syria. Majed El Shafie, Dr. Martin Mark, and the Hon. Tony Clement, MP, all a part of the OFWI Iraq delegation, called on the Government of Canada to take urgent action.

You can watch the full press conference by clicking here.

You can also read the National Post's coverage by clicking here, or the Toronto Sun's coverage here.


Each of the speakers recanted harrowing stories of rape, torture and murder, shared by survivors of the genocide. Tony Clement brought his iPhone with him, displaying an image of himself with three young Yazidi children. The picture illustrates the terrible present, but the potential for a better future. Dr. Martin Mark said that the mission clarified that there is a possibility to help, the logistics are available, the local support is there, and their need is greater than ever. These people need our help now, and Canada is in a unique position to be able to provide that help. We need to act immediately.


The delegation included Rev. Majed El Shafie – President and Founder of OFWI, Rachael Harder, MP, Hon. MP Tony Clement, MP, Dr. Martin Mark – Director of ORAT, and former MP Brad Butt. While in Iraq, the delegation met with local government officials, visited UN and non-UN refugee camps, and advanced the work required to resettle the most vulnerable victims of genocide from Iraq to Canada.

One Free World International (OFWI) and the Archdiocese of Toronto, Office of Refugees (ORAT) have submitted a joint proposal to the Canadian government to resettle 400 Yazidi girls and women who were ISIS sex slaves to Canada. Canadians are ready to take action, and they want their government to do the same.

OFWI can and will continue to help, but we can only do this with your help.

Here is how you can TAKE ACTION:

  • Write an email or call your local Member of Parliament to tell them that Yazidi victims of genocide need our help. Don’t know who to contact? Find out here.
  • Email or call the Minister of Immigration, John McCallum at 613-954-1064
  • Email Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or call his office at 613-995-0253
  • Please donate to support our work. It is only through your help that we are able to continue our work.

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