Global-plight

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Hanging from my driver’s rear-view mirror, a photo of Vian Dakhil, the only female Yazidi representative in the Iraqi parliament. She is a hero to many in the Yazidi community, having brought global attention to their plight.

I first learned about her last summer when a video of her went viral. It showed her crying out in Parliament that ISIS was butchering her people. It was raw and devastating.

Days later, she was in the news again having survived a helicopter crash, a mission to rescue Yazidis fleeing slaughter.

She has continued to advocate tirelessly for the Yazidi community, who a year on remain in crisis. My translator was pleased to say that when she visited the refugee camp that he’d worked at for an NGO, he’d “almost had the chance to meet her.” “Everyone loves her,” he said, “because everywhere she goes, she identifies as a Yazidi.”

Image and text by Emily Feldman. Iraq, 2015.

Project forthcoming.