Category Archives: Yazidis

Yazidi Girl Blinded on Her Final Escape from Daesh

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Eighteen-year-old Lamya Haji Bishar was captured by Daesh (ISIS) on August 15, 2014, when they attacked her village of Kocho on the southeast side of Shengal Mountain. She was immediately separated from her mother and held in Tal Afar for 20 months before her escape was organized. Her 12-year-old brother…

Interview with U.S. Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Sponsor of Resolution on Genocide by ISIS

Exclusive Interview by Dakhil Shammo – VOA Kurdish Service: U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska’s 1st Congressional district talks to Dakhil Shammo of VOA about the Yazidi plight, the war against ISIS and the roles of the U.S. and the Kurds in the region. Here KT publishes a transcript along with the video of the…

Escaped Yazidi Girl Pleads with UK Parliamentarians to Rescue Kidnapped Women and Children

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Salwa Khalaf Rasho, an 18-year-old Yezidi who escaped Islamic State captivity after eight months, met today in London in several private meetings to plead for help in rescuing over 3100 Yezidis still kidnapped by ISIS. She was accompanied to the meetings with activists Jemal Bailoz Shaveshyan, Dr. Amy L. Beam,…

Yazidi Women Are Sold Heartlessly

By Muhamed Hassan –  Immersed Thinking: Two worlds with two totally different contents: one world hosts the Paris Fashion Show with French designer Olivier Rousteing and his A-list women pals to model his autumn 2016 designs. The Mail said: ‘The girls failed to crack a smile and looked rather miserable as they flaunted their colourful…

Yazidi Translators’ Treacherous Escape from Shingal to Germany

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Nayf’s Journey At daybreak, December 8, one of my Yazidi translators, Nayf, landed safely in the Greek Island of Chios in a rubber boat with his fiancée and her family of six. This was their second attempt after failing to make it to Kos Island from Bodrum last week. They…

Three Killed in Shingal Clash Between Yazidis and Kurds over ‘Stolen’ Sheep

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: In the afternoon of November 25, 2015, a clash over the ownership of sheep resulted in the death of two Yazidi Peshmerga and reportedly a Kurdish truck driver on the south side of Mount Sinjar (also called Shingal in Kurdish), just north of Shingal city. Leading up to this incident…

1 Year After Attack: CYCI Liberates Yezidi Girls from Islamic State

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: I, Amy L. Beam, am an American human rights activist, researcher and writer. Since the Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, IS) attack on Shingal, Iraq, on August 3, 2014, in which over 9,000 Yezidis were killed, kidnapped, or sexually enslaved, I have visited all the Kurdish-run Yezidi refugee camps in…

What Yezidi Sex Slaves Need: Money, Immigration, Revenge

By Dr. Amy L. Beam:  MONEY Many people want to help the Yezidi people who were viciously attacked, slaughtered, and kidnapped last August in Shingal, Iraq, but they do not know who to trust with a donation. I have sat in the tents and one-room container homes of many Yezidi women who have escaped from…

Kurdistan Genocide Office Prepares Cases for Prosecutions

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: The Genocide Office to Identify Crimes Against Kurdish People Outside of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) was established in Duhok, Kurdistan, in September 2014, under the Kurdistan Ministry of Interior.  It serves Kurds, Yezidis, Christians and other minorities who suffered at the hands of the Islamic State jihadists (also referred…

Yezidi Mass Exodus from Turkey Fails

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: On June 26, 2015, Shengal Yezidis from refugee camps in southeast Turkey, began a mass exodus to the Bulgarian border. They were hopeful of leaving Turkey and entering Bulgaria or camping out between borders to gain the attention of the international community. They are pleading with countries to open their…

Yezidis Want Mass Exodus from Turkey

By Dr Amy L. Beam: Over 20,000 Yezidis from Shingal, Iraq, have been living in refugee camps in southeast Turkey since September, 2014.  They do not want to face a second winter stuck in tents or over-crowed rooms in Turkey.  They are faced with choosing between three deeply problematic options: remain living in refugee camps…

Traumatised Yazidis Call for Help and Freedom for Captive Loved Ones

By Thomas Phillips: On Saturday 4th April, the displaced Yazidis in Sirnak refugee camp held a demonstration calling for international protection and freedom for their kidnapped friends and family. About 100 women, men and children marched from the makeshift hospital to the makeshift school carrying placards and chanting “down, down ISIS”. The demonstrators demanded freedom for…

Yazidis Demonstrate for International Protection and Asylum

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: On March 23, 2015, 1500 Yazidis demonstrated in Brussels to plea for International Protection and aid from countries of the world. They were supported by demonstrations of thousands of Yazidis in Europe and refugee camps in Turkey and Iraq holding up signs written in both Arabic and English for the…

Beytüşşebap Was Our Shingal

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: A year has passed since I went to a wedding in Beytüşşebap and promised to return with an interpreter.  Now there’s a new baby and Denize is getting married to her cousin in Van.  Only four months ago she had dressed up in her khaki guerilla clothes and Kurdish neck…

Kurdish-Jewish Covenant of Friendship Azadi Shalom

By Dr. Jan Best de Vries: Winter has arrived in Kurdistan and many babies born in the cold tents of the fugitives from the killers  of the “Islamic State” will die. My bodyguard Azad Kardoi and I visited in Erbil a camp of 62 tents within a church compound and are sure that the inhabitants…