August 3, 2014: Yazidis remember that black day

Today, August 3rd, marks the 6th anniversary of the Yazidi genocide (“Ezidi” in Kurdish) in 2014. August 3rd is the black day that destroyed many hopes, many lives, and an entire town.

As a result of the genocide, almost 36,000 people had to flee their hometown of Sinjar (“Shingal” in Kurdish) and look for shelter, while others stayed on Shingal mountain and resisted. Some died from lack of water and food supplies, while others were captured  by ISIS and brutally murdered (including two of my cousins and my aunt). Thousands of girls were raped, sold to different people and across countries, while the elders were buried alive in different areas of Shingal. 

According to the latest data, almost 6417 people were held captive by ISIS, 100,000 migrated to different European countries, 359 children lost their parents, 1293 were murdered by ISIS, and 2886 are still missing until now. Also, 68 holy temples were destroyed.

Six years have passed, and still no one is taking our cause seriously, and no special care provided for the victims. No one avenges the criminal acts that have destroyed the lives of so many Yazidi  girls.  And still no justice for our brave men who have fought, and many died. Nor the beautiful kids who were orphaned. 

I will leave you with two videos. The first shows one of the victims talking to an ISIS member who explains how they sold, raped and tortured Yazidi girls and women from every stage of life.

The second is the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize speech of the young Yazidi Nadia Murad, who was kidnapped in 2014 by ISIS and repeatedly raped over a period of several months. Nadia’s speech focuses mainly on the plight of the Yazidi people — both during the ISIS capture of Shingal, and after.


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