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Bobcat Model UN to host Yazidi Genocide Education VR Experience

March 4, 2024

In a joint sponsorship with the Political Violence Lab, UC Merced's Model UN members will participate in an award-winning virtual reality experience commemorating the genocide againt the Yazidis by Da'esh (ISIS). The VR experience, Nobody’s Listening: The Forgotten Voices of Sinjar is a room-scale interactive experience that transports viewers to northern Iraq using a blend of 360-degree documentary film-making, stunning Yazidi artwork and the latest virtual reality technology. A unique branching narrative set in Kocho village, Sinjar, enables users to hear from a young Yazidi woman abducted and sexually enslaved by ISIS, from her brother who survives a massacre, and from an ISIS fighter who attacks the village.

Ryan D'Souza, a former professional with the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia and the director and founder of Nobody's Listening, will engage Bobcat Model UN members on Wednesday, March 6th for this exclusive event.