men resting after collecting wood in the forests near Lalish, the
spiritual center of their faith. The wood will be used to produce olive
oil for the community, an annual ritual all men must take part in.
This #womensmarch day I choose to remember the #YAZIDI girls who have witnessed their fathers, sons, brothers & husbands mass murdered. They however were not given the “opportunity” (you’ll see why if you read on) to die, they were captured and many still are hostages to ISIS.
The Yazidi girls have been assaulted, abused and used as sex slaves. The ISIS members see the Yazidi’s as Satanic and therefore kill the men but make use of the females. The girls and women are kept as wives or war booty, they are sold and used amongst Daesh. The men of ISIS are impregnating the women to infiltrate their bloodlines. The Yazidi girls known for their blonde hair, blue & green eyes are of interest to these men as you can read above and thus were likely easy to spot from others. The lives these women are made to live are not lives at all, they are in a living hell, death is something many pray for. The Kurdish girls who fight for the Yazidi freedom and the freedom of their land & people say they keep a spare bullet just in case they are ever caught by ISIS, just so they can KILL THEMSELVES rather than live the horrific lives that ISIS provide these women with. Some do get to die though, but it’s not a pill or a bash to the head and an instant death, no, these are horrific deaths, acid, torture, barbaric acts you don’t even want to think of.
Spare a thought for them when you’re moaning about tampon tax.
IRAQ. Bashur. Nineveh governorate. Snuny. October 2016. A member of the Sun Force battalion, composed of
Kurdish Yazidi women. Two years ago, many of these women were abducted by Isis and kept as sex-slaves during the systematic massacre Isis perpetrated against the Yazidi people. On their escape they enlisted within the Peshmerga’s growing minority of female forces, preparing to fight Isis in the forthcoming battle for Mosul.
There is no religious duty to pray, one may pray whenever one wishes. They face the sun during prayer, it’s for this reason they’re nicknamed “sun-greeters” & also falsely “sun worshippers”.
After each prayer they kiss the soil. They religiously rely on the abundance of mother nature’s natural resources & have many rituals dedicated to earth. Yazidi’s believe that when the Earth accepted to have humanity live on her body god made spring as a thank you gift by adorning Earth in flowers.
Traditional Yazidi weddings last seven days. Married Yazidi’s have a bridesmaid & best man called “sister/brother of the afterlife”
SYRIA. Rojava. Al-Hasakah governorate. Near Derik/Al-Malikilyah. Newroz Refugee Camp. March 2015. A young Yazidi refugee sporting a YPG necklace.
Account of Joey L., war photographer:
After bearing witness to the scenes in Shingal (Sinjar), I thought it was important to include portraits of Yezidi Kurds whom had been displaced by the Islamic State. We headed far north of Shingal, across the former Syrian border into Rojava to Newroz, a guerrilla-protected refugee camp. Many of the Yezidi people at the camp were saved by a narrow, treacherous, zigzagging corridor created by guerrilla forces, who beat back the Islamic State on both sides, using the rugged terrain to their advantage.
It was in Newroz where I met a young Yezidi boy of about 11 or 12 years old who shared a poem he wrote. It wasn’t until I got home that I had a friend translate his spoken word. As I read the words one night from the comfort of my home, I couldn’t help but choke up over the stark reality this boy had witnessed, and the strength of spirit that he had to share:
“Rise up, rise up and open your eyes from your slumber…
It is true that we are all injured, half dead and half burning…
Who but this mountain, YPG and God have freed us?
Mountain of Shingal, my mother, blood is dripping from your plums…
We have not yet escaped our last massacre, today we are victims of a white massacre…
Again we are fighting like wolves…
Go to Shingal’s mountain, go to the roofs, shout to God “Rise up, Rise up”
The Yazidi are a Kurdish- and Arabic-speaking ethno-religious community who practice an ancient syncretic religion linked to Zoroastrianism and early Mesopotamian religions.They live primarily in the Nineveh Province of northern Iraq, a region once part of ancient Assyria. Additional communities in Armenia, Georgia and Syria have been in decline since the 1990s, their members having migrated to Europe, especially to Germany.
The Yazidi believe in God as creator of the world, which he has placed under the care of seven “holy beings” or angels, the “chief” (archangel) of whom is Melek Taus, the “Peacock Angel.” In Zoroastrian-like tradition, the Peacock Angel embodied humanity’s potential for both good (light) and bad (dark) acts, and due to pride temporarily fell from God’s favor, before his remorseful tears extinguished the fires of his hellish prison and he reconciled with God.
Some followers of other monotheistic religion jokingly or mistakenly re-cast the Peacock Angel as the unredeemed evil deitySatan, which has incited centuries of persecution of the Yazidi as “devil worshippers” by some followers of these religions.Persecution of Yazidis has continued in their home communities within the borders of modern Iraq, under both Saddam Hussein and fundamentalist Sunni Muslim revolutionaries.
and Kurdish activists held a protest in front of the seat of the German
parliament (Reichstag) in Berlin accusing the Kurdish local government
in northern Iraq for attacks on the People of Shengal.
they critized the German government for the delivery of weapons to the
Kurdish Peshmerga Groups which are now used for the attacks.
The Yazidi recently suffered a genocide by Daesh (ISIS).
of the Syrian-Kurdish groups YPG and YPJ were shown. Also flags with
the Portrait of PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan. The symbols of this
organizations and also the Portrait of Öcalan was recently forbidden by
the Federal Ministry for Interior Affairs. Police have not intervened. 03/15/2017.