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Yazidi Americans

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Yazidi Americans
13.000 (est.)
Regions with significant populations
United States
Ezdiki, English
Yazidism (Sharfadin)
Related ethnic groups
ethno-religious group

Yazidis in the United States may refer to people born in or residing in the United States of Yazidi origin, an ethno-religious group, who are strictly endogamous.


  • 1 History
  • 2 Notable people
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


In the United States, Yazidi communities exist in Lincoln, Nebraska[1][2] and Houston, Texas.[3][4][5] It is thought that Nebraska has the largest settlement (an estimated number of at least 10,000) of Yazidis in the United States, with a history of immigration to the state under refuge settlement programs starting in the late 1990s.[6]

Notable people

  • Murad Ismael – executive director of the U.S. branch of the global Yazidi organization, Yazda[7]
  • Dakhil Shammo – journalist and Yazidi rights activist[8]


  1. ^ Roberts, Dave; McCartney, Rob; Petersen, Brandi (November 10, 2014). "Nebraskan Yazidis want to stop carnage by Islamic State in Iraq". KETV. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  2. ^ Williams, Jack (December 14, 2017). "Yazidis from Iraq Find Welcome Refuge in Nebraska" (Includes audio). NET Nebraska.
  3. ^ Flakus, Greg (August 14, 2015). "America's Heartland Helps Iraq's Yazidis". Voice of America. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  4. ^ Flakus, Greg (September 30, 2016). "Yazidi-American Activist Seeks Help for Refugees". Voice of America. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  5. ^ Flakus, Greg (October 1, 2015). "Yazidi Americans Seek Help for their People". Voice of America. Retrieved September 23, 2016.
  6. ^ Knapp, Fred (August 15, 2014). "Yazidis and other Iraqis in Lincoln offer different perspectives on crisis". NET Nebraska.
  7. ^ "Murad Ismael". Yazda. Retrieved March 24, 2016.
  8. ^ "Yazidi Activist: People are Facing Genocide in Iraq". NBC News. Retrieved March 24, 2016.

External links

  • Yazda – A Global Yazidi Organization