Author: Ghazala Jango (Sulaimani, Kurdistan-Iraq)

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 »

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 »

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 »