Iraqi Lawmaker And Yazidi Activist Is Caught Up In Trump's Travel Ban Steve Inskeep and Rachel Martin have the story of Vian Dakhil, who's a member of the Iraqi Parliament and is a Yazidi activist, who was invited to receive an award and speak at the U.S. Capitol.
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Iraqi Lawmaker And Yazidi Activist Is Caught Up In Trump's Travel Ban

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Iraqi Lawmaker And Yazidi Activist Is Caught Up In Trump's Travel Ban

Iraqi Lawmaker And Yazidi Activist Is Caught Up In Trump's Travel Ban

Iraqi Lawmaker And Yazidi Activist Is Caught Up In Trump's Travel Ban

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Steve Inskeep and Rachel Martin have the story of Vian Dakhil, who's a member of the Iraqi Parliament and is a Yazidi activist, who was invited to receive an award and speak at the U.S. Capitol.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

An Iraqi woman is visiting Capitol Hill this week. Vian Dakhil is a member of Iraq's Parliament. She is also Yazidi, a religious minority slaughtered and enslaved by ISIS.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

She called attention to Yazidi suffering and is in the United States now to receive a human rights prize named for a Holocaust survivor. She spoke with us through an interpreter.

VIAN DAKHIL: (Through interpreter) But we still have about 3,600 girls and women and children under ISIS control. Eighty-five percent of the cities and villages of the Yazidi are completely destroyed. I need to give my speech to the U.S. and focus again about what happened in the Yazidi.

GREENE: But her trip here almost did not happen after President Trump signed his executive order banning travel from seven mostly Muslim nations including Iraq.

DAKHIL: (Through interpreter) When I heard about this decision, it means all the Iraqi people are equal with the terrorists. It's not fair. It's not true.

INSKEEP: She was given a waiver to travel by the State Department. Now a judge has temporarily blocked the entire ban, though Dakhil says it still sent a message to her people.

DAKHIL: (Through interpreter) Maybe I can travel to the USA because I have a opportunity, but what about all those victims? I'm sure they're thinking about why - why USA do that? We are a victim. We need opportunity. We need help from all the international community.

GREENE: Vian Dakhil receives the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize on Capitol Hill tomorrow.

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