Those with family in Iraq are starting a social media campaign of their own to educate.


TACOMA, Wash. - News of American journalist James Foley's death hit especially close to home for Seattle's Yazidi population, who have been watching friends and relatives face ISIS violence for the last weeks.

"What kind of person are you to do that to post a picture and show the world look who we are," said Lucy Usoyan, a Yazidian who now lives in the south sound area. "I read that news and I was shocked. There is no safety for anyone in that place."

ISIS has turned to social media and the internet, posting photos of violence. Now, Usoyan and others are starting an opposing campaign of sorts, posting personal videos to YouTube and Facebook, explaining why Americans should care about the violence overseas.

Lucy feels like ISIS poses a threat that stretches much farther than the Middle East.

"It's going to knock [at] our doors like in 9/11," she feared. "I'm begging United States to do something to take action for the future."

Lucy is making some headway. She says she has a meeting with representatives at Senator Patty Murray's office in a couple weeks. She and other Yazidis nationwide are also working to get the attention of Senator John McCain and plan on meeting with the Iraqi Embassy as well.

In the meantime, phone calls from overseas are fueling her passion.

"I don't think I would be in this hard of pain if I wasn't hearing these people's voices. When they're telling us what's going on, it's horrible," she said. "Every time they're calling us, they're telling us the numbers of people who have already passed away or horrible things about Yazidian girls and women who have been stolen and are missing. We have no power to protect ourselves. We're left with no help…with no guards."

Lucy posted a video to YouTube Wednesday night, asking people to take notice. She hopes someone is listening.

"It will make my life easier versus doing nothing," she said.

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