Yezidi Children's Safe Space

by Free Yezidi Foundation
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Project Report | Mar 12, 2024
Justice and Reconciliation for Yezidis in Iraq

By Olivia Wells | Programs Director

The Free Yezidi Foundation has been steadfast in its commitment to seeking survivor-centered justice and reparations for the Yezidi community. Through tireless advocacy efforts and strategic partnerships, FYF works to ensure the voices of Yezidi survivors are heard and that perpetrators are held to account for their heinous crimes. Simultaneously, FYF recognizes the importance of building bridges between Yezidis and other ethnic and religious groups in Iraq to foster a more inclusive and tolerant society. Through a variety of programmatic initiatives, FYF promotes understanding, empathy, and cooperation among diverse communities. By addressing both the immediate needs of survivors and the long-term goal of reconciliation, FYF plays a vital role in promoting healing and peace in Iraq.


The Iraqi education system has long relied on rote learning, a method centered on memorization for exam success. This approach stifles creativity and critical thinking skills in students, limiting their ability to think innovatively. 

In response, FYF's English Microscholarship Access Program is designed to revolutionize education by fostering critical thinking, social cohesion, tolerance, and mental well-being among a diverse student body, many of whom have faced conflict and displacement. Rather than simply imparting knowledge, the program prioritizes the holistic development of students, encouraging them to question, analyze, and engage with the world around them.

Through this approach, the program seeks to plant the seeds for a brighter future for Iraqi youth, where their well-being and capacity to navigate complex issues are valued as essential components of their education.


The Free Yezidi Foundation's justice team is now sharing four comprehensive crime scene analytical reports, one detailed massacre report, and a series of perpetrator dossiers with law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, UN investigative bodies, and Europol, in strict accordance with survivor consent protocols. FYF conducted thorough analyses and investigations across five villages in Sinjar - Tel Banat, Tel Qasab, Siba Sheikh Khidr, Gerzerik, and Tel Azir villages. Additionally, FYF meticulously examined the tragic Yezidi massacre in Qani village, compiling a comprehensive analytical report on this event and the broader assaults targeting Yezidi communities across various towns. The detailed reports and underlying evidence represent a significant step in the pursuit of justice for the Yezidi community.

Composed predominantly of Yezidi female investigators, our dedicated legal team collaborates closely with international experts to meticulously document witness testimonies and compile evidence, ensuring thoroughness and accuracy. The disclosures come after two years of hard work. Our collective aim is clear: to ensure that those responsible for the heinous crimes against the Yezidis are held accountable under the law.


March 1st marks the 3rd anniversary of the passage of the Iraqi Yezidi Survivors Law - a groundbreaking reparation program for Yezidi, Turkmen, Shabak, and Christian survivors of ISIS atrocities. The YSL is a significant step for justice. It acknowledges international crimes perpetrated by ISIS against the four ethnic and religious minority communities. It also combines broader reparation measures, including accountability and memorialization, with individual measures, including monthly payments and housing.

While commendable progress has been made, avenues for improvement persist. FYF extends an invitation to our partners to delve into our comprehensive report on the application process, which outlines the first year’s successes, challenges, and areas for improvement.


Every year, on the first Thursday of the Lunar Calendar of February, Yezidis come together to honor the sacred Khidr Elias holiday through festivities that last for two days. As one of the oldest and holiest festivals, Khidr Elias holds a special place in the hearts of Yezidi people, brimming with cherished customs and traditions.

A highlight of this celebration is the sumptuous feast featuring "Qalatik" or "Qalanduk" (in Sinjar) – delightful fried grains. Households bustle with excitement as seven types of grains, including wheat, barley, peas, chickpeas, lentils, watermelon seeds, and sunflower seeds, sizzle to perfection.

Rooted in the reverence for nature and its profound influence on humanity, the Yezidi religion beautifully intertwines its holidays and rituals with the rhythms of the seasons, marking transitions and the passage of time.


Thank you, as always, for your steadfast support of FYF and the Yezidi community.


Pari Ibrahim
Executive Director
Free Yezidi Foundation


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Free Yezidi Foundation

Location: Duhok, NA - Iraq
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @free_yezidi
Project Leader:
Pari Ibrahim
Duhok , Kurdistan Region Iraq

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