New realities for the Yazidi people after the tragedy of 2014

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"The Yazidi people are open to the whole world and they have nothing to hide."

It is known that the Yezidis in Iraqi society were peaceful and friendly people.

Throughout history, the Yazidi community has been isolated because of conservative values. However, after seven years of genocide perpetrated by ISIS in Iraq, this community opened up to the world, and the world learned about the freedom-loving Yezidis.

The Lalesh Temple, located on the outskirts of Dohuk province in northern Iraq, is considered sacred to the Yezidi people. Many Yezidi pilgrims go to the Lalesh temple because every Yezidi should visit the temple at least once in his life. The Yezidi temple has recently become a popular place for tourists.

Changes in the Yazidi society of Iraq

In Iraqi society, the Yezidis were known for their restraint and secrecy regarding their religion and rituals, but this minority was again highlighted after the ISIS attack on Sinjar in 2014. The militants of the terrorist organization attacked the Yezidis, executing men, enslaving women and children into slavery, this tragedy was classified by international organizations, such as the Belgian Parliament, as genocide.

Approximately 240,000 Yazidis currently live-in displaced persons camps in northern Iraq, most of whom languish in extreme poverty.

Before the genocide of 2014, the level of education of the Yezidis did not go beyond primary school, after the tragedy that happened to the Yezidis of Iraq, most of the survivors were forced to live in camps, non-governmental organizations that conduct programs in the field of education and women's rights usually work there, and changes in the Yezidi community began to take place here.

According to the residents of Sinjar, previously the region was secluded, all educational institutions mainly worked for the male population. Now there are driving schools for women in Sinjar, many Yazidi girls study at universities, and this year a Yazidi girl, Amira Atto, participated in the Miss Iraq 2021 contest.

The Nadia Initiative, led by Yazidi activist and victim of ISIS slavery Nadia Murad, helps Yazidi women to get an education and provides employment opportunities, which has a significant impact on the women's community. After the huge destruction inflicted by ISIS on the Yazidis, women had to take the initiative, which is very new for the Yazidis in Iraq.

The Yazidi minority still has a long way to go

Although positive changes have taken place in the life of the Yezidi minority, especially women, many stressed that much remains to be done. In this context, a former worker in a camp in northern Iraq explains that there is still discrimination against Yazidi survivors who were enslaved and sexually abused by ISIS terrorists and returned to their homes. According to him, "the Yezidis were role models during the war and genocide, if any of them had weapons, they fought the enemy to the last drop of blood and now they are models of courage and steadfastness."

Deutsche Welle 2021





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New realities for the Yazidi people after the tragedy of 2014

2021/12/01-1640930358.jpg
Read: 612     12:00     31 Декабрь 2021    

"The Yazidi people are open to the whole world and they have nothing to hide."

It is known that the Yezidis in Iraqi society were peaceful and friendly people.

Throughout history, the Yazidi community has been isolated because of conservative values. However, after seven years of genocide perpetrated by ISIS in Iraq, this community opened up to the world, and the world learned about the freedom-loving Yezidis.

The Lalesh Temple, located on the outskirts of Dohuk province in northern Iraq, is considered sacred to the Yezidi people. Many Yezidi pilgrims go to the Lalesh temple because every Yezidi should visit the temple at least once in his life. The Yezidi temple has recently become a popular place for tourists.

Changes in the Yazidi society of Iraq

In Iraqi society, the Yezidis were known for their restraint and secrecy regarding their religion and rituals, but this minority was again highlighted after the ISIS attack on Sinjar in 2014. The militants of the terrorist organization attacked the Yezidis, executing men, enslaving women and children into slavery, this tragedy was classified by international organizations, such as the Belgian Parliament, as genocide.

Approximately 240,000 Yazidis currently live-in displaced persons camps in northern Iraq, most of whom languish in extreme poverty.

Before the genocide of 2014, the level of education of the Yezidis did not go beyond primary school, after the tragedy that happened to the Yezidis of Iraq, most of the survivors were forced to live in camps, non-governmental organizations that conduct programs in the field of education and women's rights usually work there, and changes in the Yezidi community began to take place here.

According to the residents of Sinjar, previously the region was secluded, all educational institutions mainly worked for the male population. Now there are driving schools for women in Sinjar, many Yazidi girls study at universities, and this year a Yazidi girl, Amira Atto, participated in the Miss Iraq 2021 contest.

The Nadia Initiative, led by Yazidi activist and victim of ISIS slavery Nadia Murad, helps Yazidi women to get an education and provides employment opportunities, which has a significant impact on the women's community. After the huge destruction inflicted by ISIS on the Yazidis, women had to take the initiative, which is very new for the Yazidis in Iraq.

The Yazidi minority still has a long way to go

Although positive changes have taken place in the life of the Yezidi minority, especially women, many stressed that much remains to be done. In this context, a former worker in a camp in northern Iraq explains that there is still discrimination against Yazidi survivors who were enslaved and sexually abused by ISIS terrorists and returned to their homes. According to him, "the Yezidis were role models during the war and genocide, if any of them had weapons, they fought the enemy to the last drop of blood and now they are models of courage and steadfastness."

Deutsche Welle 2021





Tags: #yazidis   #yezids   #ezidi   #sindjar   #shangal