Trump Reveals Ignorance over Yazidi and Rohingya Refugees' Plight in Meeting

Ameera Butt
July 19, 2019 - 1:56 pm

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President Donald Trump is coming under fire for appearing to seem insensitive after circulation of a video exchange with a Yazidi woman and survivor of Islamic State torture Thursday.

Trump also met with other minorities who had experienced persecution including a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar, a Tibetan from China and a Jewish Holocaust survivor, according to a Washington Post story.

Nadia Murad is the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2018 for her "efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict."," according to the Nobel Peace Prize website. She now lives in Germany and was represented by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

She was the first woman to flee captivity and bring attention to the plight of 3,000 Yazidi women and children in captivity.

"Our home is destroyed, we come to here, we go to Europe, we go to Arab country...that ISIS did this and everyone saw that," she says to Trump. "Now there is no ISIS but we cannot go back because the Kurdish and Iraqi government are fighting each other  about who will control my area and we cannot go back if we cannot protect our dignity our family..."

When she tells Trump her mother and six brothers were murdered by the Islamic State, Trump replies "Where are they now?" 

She repeats again that they are dead and says "Please do something."

"I know the area very well," he responds.

Trump also mentions how Murad won the Nobel Prize and asks her why she won the award.

“And you had the Nobel Prize? They gave it to you for what reason? Maybe you can explain,” he says.

She replies "After all that happened to me, I wouldn't give up I make it clear to everyone that ISIS have thousands of Yazidi women..." 

Another exchange is with the Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar, also known as Burma, who has been living in a Bangladeshi refugee camp, but Trump didn't seem to know where the refugee was trying to return to. 

Watch the Guardian video below: