Author: Ghazala Jango (Sulaimani, Kurdistan-Iraq)

Yezidi genocide continues, but from new sources

On the 16 and 17 of August 2021, Turkey conducted two airstrikes against Yezidis in Sinjar. The strikes killed 3 people in a car in the center of Sinjar, and killed another 9 people and injuring dozens targeting the health care center in Skenia village in southern Sinjar/northern Iraq These two consecutive airstrikes against Yezidis… Read more »

New album by Daxil Ossman revives Yezidi cultural music

The “Shingal Bazhar Û Ganda” (which means “Sinjar has cities and villages) album was released by the Yezidi singer Daxil Ossman last January. It is available on YouTube, and was Ossman’s first album since 2002. Daxil Ossman is one of the oldest Yezidi singers. He sings specifically for wedding parties, and is very popular and… Read more »

Yezidi survivors of ISIS welcomed back into their communities

Yezidi women from ISIS captivity become brides in Lalish. For the first time in Yezidism history, an exceptional decision was made for the women survivors captured and forced to convert to Islam by ISIS. ISIS or what is called the Islamic caliphate state in Iraq and Syria attacked Sinjar in north-east Iraq, and capture more… Read more »

Remains of 104 Yazidi victims of ISIS return home in coffins: where many of their families are still missing

On Saturday, February 6, 2021, after six and a half years, the remains of more than 100 victims of genocide arrived at Kocho village in Northern Iraq after the bodies were exhumed from mass graves. The funeral procession was held with the presence of more than 25,000 people — locals, members of the international community,… Read more »

For many Yazidi refugees, unbearable
life conditions lead to suicide

In the last three months, there has been an increase in the number of suicide cases among Yazidis in the refugee camps of the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. This is largely due to the absence of treatment for the trauma they have experienced, and the delay in returning them to their home areas. On… Read more »

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,… Read more »

In the Name of God…

WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT These stories are the result of interviews made in October 2019 with Yazidi survivors who were captured by ISIS in August 2014. The four women told their stories while shedding a lot of tears, because of what they experienced while in ISIS captivity. The interviews were conducted in different locations in the… Read more »

Rebuttal To Erdogan’s PR Offensive on Rojava

The last month in northern Syria has been one of chaos. And disaster for the Syrian Kurds. Numbering about 2 million, the Syrian Kurds are the largest ethnic minority of that country, living mostly in the north of Syria near Turkey. For the last several years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been attacking them,… Read more »

Understanding the Conflict between PKK and Turkey

In the late 1970s, a group of Kurdish students in southeastern Turkey (in the northern part of what is considered cultural and historical Kurdistan) formed a nationalist movement known as the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. The movement was originally based on both socialism and Kurdish nationalism, with the aim of creating a Kurdish communist… Read more »

A Short History of Syria’s Rojava Kurds

If we  look at the recent history of the Kurds in northeastern Syria (known to the Kurds as “Rojava”), we can say that the major events began with the establishment of the Syrian Republic in 1961. The Rojava Kurds are distributed primarily in the three governorates of Syria, Hasaka, Raqqa and Halab, in the three… Read more »