Category Archives: Yazidis

The Memorial to the Genocide of the Yazidis

By Rebwar Rashed: With the benefit of hindsight we can acknowledge that the history of human beings is also a history of genocides, murder, arbitrary killings and judgments, unlawful confiscation of people’s property and all other kinds of mistreatment of human beings. There are a few memorials in the world to the honor of the…

Sex-Slavery: One Aspect of the Yezidi Genocide

By Peter Nicolaus & Serkan Yuce: Abstract Even though almost three years have passed since the black banners of the terror organisation, calling themselves the “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) were first hoisted throughout the Yezidi heartland of Sinjar, the Yezidi community continues to be targeted by ISIS, militias. 300,000 vegetate in camps…

Appeal to United States Congress and Friends To Grant Asylum and In-country Assistant to Yezidis of Iraq

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Human rights advocate and author of forthcoming book “The Last Yezidi Genocide”; Founder and Executive Director, AAJ humanitarian organization in Kurdistan, Iraq The Yezidis are a non-Muslim religious minority who were brutally attacked in Shengal, Iraq, by the Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) on August 3 and 15, 2014. The…

Kidnapped Yezidi Boys Forced by ISIS To Be Suicide Bombers

By Amy L. Beam: ISIS (Daesh or Islamic State) recently released another propaganda video with the intent to inflict maximum pain to Yezidis. In the video are two Yezidi boys who were allegedly used as suicide bombers. The boys denounce their parents and Yezidis as infidels. They state they would explode themselves among the infidels….

Gohbal: How Arabs Stole Yezidi Land

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Human rights activist, Dr. Amy L. Beam, met with Hamad Ajuj, manager of Gohbol village in Shengal, to write this story. This is an excerpt from her forthcoming book, “The Last Yezidi Genocide” I am Hamad Ajuj Murad Barakat. I was born in 1978 in Gohbal. Gohbal is in the…

Barzani vs. PKK: Recipe for Kurdistan’s Second Civil War?

By Diliman Abdulkader: The first modern Kurdish civil war took place in southern Kurdistan, in what is now the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) territory, between Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and Masoud Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). The conflict took the lives of nearly 5,000 Kurdish fighters and civilians, dividing the autonomous region between…

The Shengal Yezidi Conundrum

By Amy L. Beam: CONUNDRUM: a dilemma without a solution. Since the genocidal attack by Daesh (Islamic State) upon Yezidis in August 2014, I have asked every Yezidi whom I meet what he or she thinks is the solution for their future in Shengal. Their demoralized answer is unanimous: “There is no solution. Shengal can’t…

Why Daesh Destroyed Yazidis’ Musical Instruments

Barakat Ali, professional tambur musician, interviewed by Amy L. Beam: Daesh smashed all the tamburs in Shingal as part of their goal to destroy Yazidi culture. Barakat Ali, professional Yazidi tambur musician from Khanasor, Shingal, explained why in an interview with Amy L. Beam. I have been playing the tambur since I was eleven. Now…

ISIS Survivor’s Cry For Help Falls On Deaf Ears At The U.N.

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: Nadia Murad’s mother and six of her brothers were shot and killed in mass executions when ISIS attacked her village of Kocho, Shingal, Iraq, August 15, 2014. The wife and child of her brother who survived six bullet wounds are still missing. Twenty-four-year-old Nadia Murad escaped her torturers. Between 9,000…

Nadia Murad: Symbol of Kurdish Resistance

Aras Ahmed

By Aras Ahmed Mhamad: The Yazidi genocide is not the only genocide committed against the Kurds and perhaps, heaven forbid, it won’t be the last as political party rivalries, political leadership crises and internal disunity are growing and have been part of the Kurdish Liberation Movement and Kurdish struggle for centuries. Kurdish national identity is…

Innocent Yezidi “Being Held For Her Own Security” in Kurdistan

By Dr. Amy L. Beam: The Yezidi woman who has been held since October 2014 in prison in Erbil, along with her child born in prison, went before a judge FINALLY this past week, after activist Amy L. Beam posted the story on her Facebook page, and after Erbil Asayish headquarters threatened Beam not to…

International Day of Action For Yezidi Women: 2nd Anniversary of the Genocide

Peace in Kurdistan Press Release: Peace in Kurdistan Women Alliance for Kurdistan, Iraq and Syria together with Roj Women Assembly and Jean Lambert MEP are delivering an open letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, today, Wednesday 3rd August, 2pm, the second anniversary of the beginning of the Genocide of the Yezidi people in Shingal….

Call for an International Action Day Against Feminicide of Yazidi Women

Shingal Yazidi Women’s Council Statement: 3 August 2016 marks the 2nd anniversary of the Feminicide and Genocide by Islamic State (IS) against Yazidi people in Sinjar/Shengal. On 3 August 2014 IS attacked and captured Sinjar, which is the historical homeland of Yazidis, a Kurdish religious minority whose ancient religion is linked to Zoroastrianism. IS destroyed…

A Letter From a Yazidi Girl to Her Mother

By Suzan Jamal: A tribute to the 19 Yazidi women publicly burned alive in June for refusing to submit to their ISIS captors. I see my mother wearing a long white dress with an old black jacket, sitting with a group of women from Arbat refugee camp in Kurdistan. All of them are crying, and my…

Ten Shocking Things I Heard in Shingal

By Dr. Amy L Beam: I visited Shingal four times in April, May and June, 2016. I talked to a lot of people in Sinony, in tents on the mountain, and living in Shingal (Sinjar) city on the south side. I am trying to understand how I can help the displaced Ezidis and also the…