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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:38 am

Roji and Eda Rojiet Ezi (Yezidi Fasting)

The Three Day Fast of December is one all Yezidis are expected to observe. Fasting occurs from dawn until sunset, and the nights are given to feasting, merry making and some prayer. This is also the time for fasting in other ancient traditions, time to connect with the divine, celebrate and pray for world peace. Time to connect with our neighbors and the global village we live in

As for the Eda Rojiet Ezi or Feast of “Ezi or the Almighty”, it falls on Friday after three days of fast according to oriental calendar. in 2018, the holiday fell on December 15th.

My sincerest apologies for being unsure

The Yezidis have a calendar which is around 7000 yrs old. Yezidis have been subjected to 74 genocides in history and lately at the hands of ISIS. Despite all odds Yezidis survive till this date with the message of peace and universal wellbeing for all of humanity.

A proper way to wish others happy holiday at this time would be to say:

Eida Rojiet Ezi – Feast of Ezi (name of the holiday)
Eida Wa Piroze Be – Happy Holidays to you all
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Dec 21, 2018 2:57 am

Turkey to continue anti-terrorist operations in Iraq’s Sinjar

Turkey will continue air operations in Iraq’s Sinjar against militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar said, Trend reports with reference to the Turkish media Dec. 20.

He noted that Turkey’s goal is to clear its borders from terrorists and ensure its own national security.

“Measures are being taken to clear from terrorists the Manbij area in northern Syria,” said Akar.

Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Ankara may strike at Iraqi regions of Qandil, Sinjar and Makhmur.


Everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE, should leave the Yazidis alone

Especially the PKK, if their being there makes the Yazidi land a target for the vile barbaric deleted expletive Turks

The UN MUST protect the Yazidis and their lands

The coalition, always happy to obliterate everything and everyone in sight (both enemy and friend) should do something positive - such as BUILD new homes and villages for the Yazidis
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:27 am

'If ISIS Attack Again, I Want To Fight Back'
By Louise Donovan

'No one knew what was happening or where they are going,' explains 17-year-old Hussna. 'We just knew we needed to run.'

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Before ISIS swarmed her village, in Sinjar city, northern Iraq, Hussna was a normal girl. She attended secondary school. She liked sport – 'all kinds of sport' – but was forced to leave.

'They attacked us at seven am,' she says. 'My family and I were fortunate enough to own a small car which we could escape in. We didn’t know what this brutal group was doing and why they were killing innocent women and children. Everyone was running through the streets while ISIS gangs shot and killed thousands of Yazidi people. It was like a nightmare happening in reality.'

In August 2014, tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi religious minority, facing genocide from ISIS, escaped to the mountain from the town of Sinjar and surrounding villages.

Hussna was one of them. But she and her family, like many others, found themselves trapped, with only 'a few' drops of water and one piece of bread each day. After four days and nights, they escaped again, and the family is now living in the Rwanga refugee camp in Qaida, in the Kur­dis­tan re­gion of Iraq.

The camp is full of girls just like Hussna. It’s home to al­most 3,000 Yazidi refugee fam­i­lies who had to flee for their lives when ISIS at­tacked. The terrorist group have committed large numbers of massacres. No one knows exactly how many men died, but many of the women and girls were kept alive and abducted. They were enslaved, raped or sold into slavery.

While not everyone here suffered sexual violence, everyone has lost their homes. Instead of mourning, however, many of the women and girls are limbering up for a fight. Or rather, a boxing fight, complete with gloves and gear.

'I train every day for one hour,' explains Hussna. 'I practise because it makes me feel strong and confident.'

Back in October, a new programme called Boxing Sisters was set up by Lotus Flower, a charity which works with women and girls affected by conflict. The aim is to help girls relieve aggression, as well as protect themselves against the threat of violence in Northern Iraq.

'When you’ve lost everything, it’s very hard to feel empowered,' says Ta­ban Shoresh, the founder of Lo­tus Flower, and a child genocide survivor herself. Her father was a political activist, and her family were on Saddam Hussein’s ‘Most Wanted’.

'A lot of these women have gone through really traumatic experiences; boxing is not only great exercise, it's also really good for mental health.'

Those who managed to escape have helped paint a surreal picture of the atrocities ISIS fighters committed against Yazidi women and children. Like the 3-year-old whose ear was bitten off by his ISIS captor; or the 19-year old repeatedly raped while pregnant with her executed husband’s child.
The Yazidi Women Fighting Back With Boxing

Taban Shoresh

Similar stories emerge in the Rwanga camp. But girls, like Hussna, refuse to be victims.

'I want to tell all Yazidi women and girls: "learn boxing!". This wasn't the first attack on our people and I'm sure it won't be the last – we need to know how to fight back. I want to learn how to fight back. Boxing breaks the fear and the shame that women feel in our community, and that we're only good for baking or cleaning.'

Hussna, like 17-year-old Ghazal, talk about how powerful they feel when training. Both girls are being lined up to be boxing coaches.

'Everyone thinks I'm weak – it's amazing when I box because I don't feel like that,' explains Ghazal.

The boxing sessions are currently run every week by male martial art/kickboxing instructors. But Shoresh has recruited for­mer pro-British boxer Cathy Brown who runs Box­ol­ogy, a boxing acad­emy in London. The aim is for Brown to visit the camp and teach the girls to be­come box­ing train­ers them­selves, which they can then use to earn a living.

'We're not sure when, but one day these women and girls will go back to their homes, and when that happens at least they've got a transferable skill,' explains Shoresh. 'They'll be trained to a qualified, professional standard and they can make an income off it afterwards.'

The boxing scheme is currently running in just one camp, but the plan is to roll out to other centres beyond the region if funding allows. Really, though, the project is designed purely for girls as an outlet to help them gain confidence, break out of their closed environments within the camp and form new friendships.

'The women are so angry,' explains Shoresh, 'but they use the pad to release all that anger.'

Most importantly, it seems to be working. As Hussna explains, she not only feels more relaxed, and much stronger, but like she's got a new family.

'A lot of us have lost beloved relatives and friends,' she says, 'and we've experienced big atrocities. But through training, the other girls and I are becoming close friends. The sessions provide a safe space and give us the support we really need to overcome our depression. I dream of training other women to be strong and confident.'

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:31 pm

Syria's Yazidis will suffer the consequences of US withdrawal

Syria's Yazidi and other minority groups could become a target for Turkish-backed militias like elements of the Free Syrian Army, US-based human rights group Yazda has warned

Yazda co-founder and former US army translator Hadi Pir said on Friday that extremists are likely to take advantage of the imminent withdrawal of American forces from Syria and attack persecuted minorities like the Yazidis.

"They persecute Yazidis and they change their temples to mosques and force them to convert to Islam," Mr Pir said about the Turkish backed brigades of the FSA. "Most of them run away."

This ancient monotheistic faith has long been a victim of violence and religious misinterpretation. Their highest religious figure, Malak Taus – a peacock angel – is viewed by many as the devil and its followers as "devil worshipers".

In both Christianity and Islam, the devil is presented as a fallen angel, which has led Yazidis to be perceived as "devil-worshippers". This perception was used by ISIS to justify atrocities against the minority group after 2014 in Iraq, non-profit Norwegian Refugee Council said in a recent report.

Yazidi folklore often refers to the 74 genocides they suffered throughout history, including ISIS' attack in Iraq’s Sinjar, which killed and displaced tens of thousands.

There are less than 1 million Yazidis worldwide and while it's almost impossible to find accurate numbers, some 10,000 are estimated to live in Syria.

Mr Pir says the presence of American troops in minority areas has kept vulnerable groups safe, but President Donald Trump's decision to pull out US forces could change this.

Although Mr Pir acknowledges that ISIS remains a threat, Turkish-backed forces have quickly become a prime concern.

Turkey backs dozens of brigades and armed factions in Syria. The largest among them are the Syrian National Army and the National Front for Liberation, both part of the FSA, a coalition of opposition militias fighting against the regime of Bashar Al Assad.

In some northern towns under control of Turkish-backed groups in the Free Syrian Army, residents have spoken out against forced conversions to Islam, The Independent recently reported. The names of Yazidi villages changed to Arabic names, and residents branded as infidels.

President Trump in December signed legislation to ensure humanitarian relief reaches religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria, in a bid to investigate ISIS' violence toward these communities. But going forward it is unlikely that a bill agreed upon in the White House will offer the same kind of safety that the presence of American troops has offered the Yazidis.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:20 pm

Mosul tribes respond to those
asking Turkey to strike Shengal


Arab tribal leaders in Mosul responded to Sheikh Muzahim al-Huwaidi, asserting that he represented only himself

The leaders of several Arab tribes in Mosul responded to Sheikh Muzahim al-Huwaidi’s invitation of Turkish occupation army and his call to intervene in Shengal, stressing that Huwaidi is responsible for the deaths of the people of Shengal who died in the bombing of Turkish air strikes and stressed that ‘he should be held accountable.’

"As the tribes north of Mosul, we ask the government not to allow Sheikh Muzahim al-Huwaidi speak on behalf of anyone on our land," said Qasim al-Moussawi, a tribal leader in Mosul.

"Anyone who speaks in these terms and asks the Turkish state to strike Shengal, will be responsible for possible deaths and damages. We are asking the government to protect this country and not to allow Turkey to shell Shengal again. These people have suffered a lot of injustice and suffering," he said.

"Huwaidi does not represent anyone, but only himself," said Sunni Arab representative Raini Sahouj.

Mosul residents added: "Shengal is a part of Mosul province, and we strongly denounce Turkish attacks."
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:06 pm

Yezidi official urges Baghdad to restore government to Shingal

Head of the Nineveh Provincial Council urged the Iraqi federal government on Thursday to restore state control to the Yezidi city of Shingal and prevent the efforts of what he called "illegal parties" to form local alternative administrations.

"In a move to complicate the already tense situation in Shingal, illegal parties which have no official status and control parts of Shingal have begun preparing for the formation of a local government and a local council in Shingal," Saydo Chato, a Yezidi and head of the Nineveh Provincial Council, told Rudaw.

Chato warned that except for the federal government no other administration will be recognized by the provincial council.

"We're the highest legislative and regulatory body in the province of Nineveh and will not recognize any illegal administration of Shingal." Chato said.

Since October 16, 2017 Shingal has been under Iraqi control. It was under ISIS control for more almost two years until it was retaken by a join Kurdish-coalition forces offensive.

Mayor of Shingal Mahma Khalil has told Rudaw that despite an agreement between Baghdad, Erbil and the Nineveh Provincial Council for the return of the Shingal administration, they are still prevented from returning.

The Yezidi head of the Nineveh Provincial Council said that no "illegal administration carved out Shingal" will receive any support.

He pressed the Iraqi government to take action otherwise "others may declare their own government in other areas of Nineveh and and even other part of Iraq."

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:28 am

Shocking story of a Yazidi girl:
Sold and raped in Baghdad


The Iraqi Observatory for Victims of Human Trafficking on Wednesday revealed the details of a Yazidi girl who was sold and raped in Baghdad after she was lured from the Kurdistan Region, north of Iraq

It all began when the 32-year-old victim fled to the Dohuk Governorate in the Kurdistan Region after Sinjar in Mosul fell under the ISIS’ grip.

In 2015, she participated in a protest organized in Irbil to demand freeing the Yazidis abducted by ISIS. She was arrested by security forces who later released later.

“After I was released, I went to a humanitarian organization that operates in Irbil that has a branch in Baghdad. The organization sent me to the capital in 2017 with a Yazidi driver to hold an interview with a foreign embassy to attain asylum,” she said in her account.

“After arriving in Baghdad, the driver took me to a residential apartment in a building in the center of the capital and claimed it was the branch of the aforementioned organization. However, I was surprised when I saw another Yazidi man who gave the driver a huge sum of money,” she added, noting that the money was her pricetag.

Severe abuse

At the time, all she could do was refuse to eat but the man who took her “severely beat her on her head and different areas of her body and tied her hands and feet.”

“On the third day, I had to eat because I was exhausted due to hunger. The man offered me a meal which I did not know contained a drug that made me lose consciousness. I was naked when I woke up and there were alcoholic beverages near me. I realized I was raped by four people, and this went on for three months,” she said.

“The rape and the severe abuse made me suffer from dangerous internal injuries so the man had to take me to the medical city and claimed he was my father, considering the age difference. I tried to tell the doctors and patients in the hall that I was a victim of human trafficking but no one believed me as the criminal who bought me had told them I was mentally disturbed.”

“In November 2017, a security force team came into the building after someone called them because they heard me scream and plead for help. They freed me and took my statement and arrested the perpetrators who had forged a contract claiming I was married to one of them,” she added.

According to her, the criminals were released a few months later for large sums of money and they escaped to an unknown destination while the case against them is pending till now.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:40 am

Yazidi doctor brings former ISIS captives’ souls back

Having treated more than a thousand Yazidi women who escaped captivity, gynaecologist dedicates herself to helping them rebuild their shattered lives

Nestled at the end of her sofa in the soft light of a standard lamp, a lined notebook balanced on her knees, Nagham Nawzat Hasan often takes time at the end of the day to record the harrowing accounts she has heard from escaped Yazidi women who were abducted from their homes in northern Iraq and held captive by ISIS.

Since devoting her working life four years ago to helping these women recover from their ordeal, the 40-year-old gynaecologist has helped more than a thousand survivors, transcribing countless pages of horrors as part of a personal ritual that has become part testimony, part therapy.

“I have more than 200 stories written down. I feel like I have to record this for history,” Hasan explained. “I would get home and cry, thinking about all that I had heard. It affected me psychologically. I am also a Yazidi, and a woman. Writing their stories down helps me to relieve some of that trauma.”

The Yazidi community from Sinjar in northwestern Iraq, whose ancient religion has its roots in Sufism and Zoroastrianism, were targeted by the militant group in August 2014. Armed fighters separated men and boys older than 12 years from their families and killed those who refused to adopt their beliefs.

    “I would get home and cry, thinking about all that I had heard. It affected me psychologically.”
It is estimated that more than 6,000 Yazidi women and girls were kidnapped and sold as slaves, and held in captivity for months or even years. Many were subjected to imprisonment, torture and systematic rape, as part of a campaign of persecution that the UN has deemed a genocide and a crime against humanity. To this day, the fate of more than 1,400 Yazidi women remains unknown.

Hasan was working at a hospital in Baashiqa – a town 14 kilometres northeast of Mosul – when the area fell to the militants. As she and her family fled to Duhok, in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, they began to hear the reports of Yazidi men being massacred and women and children being abducted.

A few months later, Hasan became aware of two Yazidi women that had arrived in Duhok after fleeing their captors. In seeking them out, she unknowingly changed the course of her own life.

“When Yazidi women began escaping to Duhok, that’s when my work started,” Hasan said. “I saw immediately that they were destroyed. They had lost all trust in people, so I set out to rebuild that trust.”

“I approached women and encouraged them to seek help and treatment. I gave them my phone number and slowly built up trust. Before long, newly escaped women began calling me themselves.”

Her work was secretive at first as people struggled to come to terms with what had happened. As the scale of the atrocities committed against the captives became clear, religious and social leaders issued calls for the abducted women to be welcomed back into the community.

“The Yazidi community played a huge role. They were the first ones to receive these women back,” Hasan explained. “Acceptance by their families and support from the community was an important step, but they needed more.”

Her experience as a gynaecologist proved essential, but it soon became clear that the needs of the survivors went far beyond their physical treatment. “Medically, most of them suffered from pain. Many had sexually transmitted infections as a result of numerous rapes. But psychologically, the state of survivors was extremely bad.”

    “I did not have a magical treatment, but being a woman and a Yazidi, I saw most survivors trusted me.”
Building on the relationships she was able to forge, Hasan began to devote more and more of her time to visiting survivors in their homes, where they felt safest. Two years ago, she set up her own NGO called Hope Makers for Women, which provides medical and psychological support to female survivors living in camps set up to house displaced Yazidis.

On a dazzling early winter’s morning at a tented camp near Mosul Dam Lake, Hasan arrives on one of her regular visits and is greeted like family by a group of half a dozen smiling Yazidi women, who smother her in hugs and kisses. Later she visits one of her regular patients, a young woman who was held captive for nearly three years along with her three daughters.

“Life was very bad after we first escaped from ISIS, and in the beginning I couldn’t even go outside my tent,” the young mother explained. “She made herself fully available to us. She treated us and looked after us. The doctor helped me find a strength I didn’t know I had.”

Hasan points to the living conditions still endured by many survivors, which she says make it harder for them to recover from their ordeal. “To have escaped ISIS and then have to spend two or three years living in a tent in a camp, with no work – how can they truly recover in that situation?”

As well as providing ongoing humanitarian assistance to displaced Yazidis, UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency – has worked with partner organizations to establish uniform standards for counselling, to ensure that Yazidi women and girls all receive satisfactory care.

Hasan says international support for the Yazidi people must be maintained if they are to ever truly recover from the crimes committed against them. “International support for the Yazidis has decreased since the liberation of Mosul. Some, like UNHCR and UNFPA, are still offering assistance, but support overall is going down. I’m concerned that in future this support will disappear entirely.”

    “Each one of us fought ISIS as much as she could, but you fought them with the most powerful weapon the day you decided to treat us. This brought our souls back to life.”
She is calling on the international community to offer more resettlement places to Yazidi survivors who choose to make a fresh start elsewhere. Those that opt to stay in Iraq, meanwhile, require financial assistance to help re-establish their lives outside the camps, as well as training and job creation schemes to boost their economic prospects, she added.

For Hasan herself, the work of helping Yazidi survivors and others who have lived through similar experiences will continue. “This is now what I want to do with my life. I became a doctor to care for people and help those in need. I am still a doctor, but I’ve gone from working in a hospital to working as a humanitarian.”

Next to her notebooks filled with tales of suffering and pain lies another book that serves as a reminder to Hasan of the purpose behind the life she has chosen. One of the first survivors she worked with was the author and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, who six months ago sent Hasan a copy of her memoir.

A handwritten dedication inside reads: “To dearest Dr. Nagham. Each one of us fought ISIS as much as she could, but you fought them with the most powerful weapon the day you decided to treat us. This brought our souls back to life.”

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