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A Yazidi girl in Iraq. The Yazidi are a small ethnic group numbering around 700,000 scattered around the Middle East and South Caucasus, the majority living in Iraq. Closely related to the Kurds and speaking a dialect of Kurdish, the Yazidi have an ancient Indo-Iranian culture. The Yazidi have their own unique religion in which they believe God created the world and put it under the protection of seven angels, the chief of whom is the Peacock Angel. The Yazidi have faced a long history of oppression and massacres under the rule of the Ottoman Empire and from those who believe them to be infidels. In 2007, one of the deadliest suicide attacks in the history of the Iraq War was conducted against the Yazidis, killing 500 of them.