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Remember 3 August
Remember 3 August

 

FYF Invites You to Remember 3 August in Washington DC

 

FYF hosts an annual vigil in Washington, DC on 3 August. Please join us again this year
to show support for Yezidi survivors.

Dear Friends,


On 3 August 2014, ISIS terrorists overran the town of Sinjar (Shingal), carrying out a pre-meditated plan of mass murder, violence, kidnapping, rape, and other crimes against the Yezidi civilians because of their religion. The attacks have been widely described as genocide, including by the US State Department.
 
To mark the fourth anniversary of the genocide perpetrated against the Yezidis, the Free Yezidi Foundation and the American Ezidi Center call upon concerned citizens to join the vigil in front of the White House and express support and solidarity with Yezidis.
 
Survivors of the Yezidi genocide face immense challenges in trying to rebuild their lives. Sadly, even upon the liberation of Mosul, thousands of Yezidis are still held captive by ISIS terrorists. Meanwhile, survivors seek to improve their lives, despite three years of displacement. Most Yezidis now live in IDP camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
 
The Free Yezidi Foundation and the American Ezidi Center would also like to express support for other minority communities affected by the ISIS terror attacks, including Iraqi Christians, who have also suffered enormously.

The Free Yezidi Foundation and American Ezidi Center invite everyone to stand in solidarity with Yezidis on 3 August

 

This is a day to remember the suffering of the Yezidi people and to show the world that Yezidis are not alone. I would like to thank our Foundation's supporters and friends, and I hope many of you join us again with a candle on August 3rd.

 

Sincerely,



Pari Ibrahim
Executive Director
Free Yezidi Foundation

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We have just received sad news regarding the state of Yezidi children in IDP camps. With their families forced into unemployment and suffering from poverty, Yezidi children have taken to the fields to work in local farms for as little as 5 Euros per day. Now more than ever, we are working hard to preserve Yezidi children's childhood and education through our Children's Center. With your generous help, we can reach more Yezidi children in efforts to give them what they and their families need in order to build a more sustainable future. Thank you so much for taking the time to review this update.

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Yezidis Continue to Struggle in IDP Camps

Flash floods in IDP camps
Credit: anonymous photographer

 

Dear Friends,

It is nearly four years since the ISIS genocide was perpetrated against Yezidi civilians, and it is sad to note that most Yezidis are still languishing in IDP camps. Although the existential danger of ISIS terrorism has dissipated, Yezidis are still very far away from enjoying healthy and dignified daily lives. In early May, a flash flood had a terrible effect on families living in tents in IDP camps. As a consequence, many tents are damaged and has made life in the camps even more difficult. Further, the complicated political and security situation in Shingal combined with the lack of infrastructure and housing has made it hard for many families to return home. It does not appear that any government or party will soon be capable of providing security, stability, and reconstruction to the Yezidi homelands.

Activities at the Free Yezidi Foundation Center
Credit: Free Yezidi Foundation

 

FYF activities in the camp

Since 2015, FYF has operated a women’s center and a children’s center in the Khanke IDP camp. In the women’s center, FYF instructors, all Yezidi IDPs themselves, provide instruction in various courses. Our psychologists offer dynamic courses to help build resilience, overcome trauma, and deploy creative methods including art, sports, and music to bolster social cohesion and confidence. FYF is helping women to systematically craft and sell sewn and knitted items. Through this, they can provide some basic income to improve their living conditions. Our women’s rights instructor also provides information to the women and girls about family rights, legal support, non-discrimination, and laws in support of women and children. Providing accurate information is essential, and FYF psychologists have begun camp-wide seminars to help inform residents about trauma, coping mechanisms, and resilience.

We are expecting to dramatically expand our activities both in and out of camp in 2018. We want to provide Yezidis, especially Yezidi women, with the chance to attain greater economic strength and self-sufficiency. Stay tuned for further developments!

FYF trauma therapist conducts community meeting about trauma and coping strategies
Credit: Free Yezidi Foundation

 

Justice

Yezidis in Iraq and abroad are eager to see justice and accountability for the crimes committed against our people. At the same time, there has been a disturbing and growing trend in the efforts to promote justice for Yezidis. Firstly, a variety of actors have begun working with Yezidi survivors, and we have noticed some unfortunate trends in unethical and exploitative behavior. We believe justice requires a victim-centric approach, but we have found some individuals, organisations, lawyers, advocates, journalists, and consultants view the suffering of Yezidis as opportunities for themselves or a chance for ‘humanitarian tourism’ experiences. In our efforts to listen to and understand victims concerns and wishes, we have noted that many of the professionals who should be helping survivors are in fact exploiting their suffering for personal reasons.


We hope that the international community and human rights actors will adhere strictly to best practices and codes of conduct when dealing with Yezidi survivors, especially survivors of sexual violence. And we call upon foreign governments to ensure that they are not supporting unethical and exploitative practices. All those seeking to help Yezidis must in the first instance ensure that they are not re-victimizing the survivors!

Yezidi woman sewing at the Free Yezidi Foundation Center 
Credits: Free Yezidi Foundation

 

In coming months, we will be sharing some further developments in advocacy, humanitarian work, justice, and political representation for Yezidis.


 
Sincerely,

- Pari Ibrahim
Executive Director
Free Yezidi Foundation

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Remember Yezidis on International Women's Day

A Yezidi women in an IDP camp after fleeing ISIS attack against the Yezidis in Sinjar

FYF statement for International Women’s Day 2018

Today, on March 8th, we celebrate International Women’s Day. For many women and girls around the world, this is a day of hope, inspiration, and solidarity.
 
For the Yezidi community, international women’s day is another opportunity to draw attention to 3000 missing women and children, still in the hands of ISIS or in unknown locations, forgotten by the international community but forever in the hearts of the Yezidi people.
 
For the thousands of women and girls who managed to escape, daily life is a struggle and haunting memories persist. Our psychologist, working with women and girls in an IDP camp, explains, “It has been three years since ISIS attacked the Yezidis, and they live in displacement, which has its own stress. This diminishes their ability to move on, as individuals and as a community. I do believe that justice would help the community move forward.” She continues, “I have heard of so many suicides, it is shocking. The trauma that members of the community have experienced remains a very serious matter.”
 
The burden of daily livelihood and combatting depression falls very hard on men, women, and children alike in the IDP camps. This is why FYF pays particular attention to the psychological well being of survivors, working to prevent women and girls from re-traumatization or exploitation.
 
The Free Yezidi Foundation supports all efforts in 2018 to draw attention to the rights, needs, and empowerment of women and girls across the world. Special attention should be given to women and girls experiencing or overcoming the most acute suffering, including Yezidi women and others who have experienced sexual violence.

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On this day we thank Women for Women International / UK for the continuous support to the Free Yezidi Foundation's women's center. With the help of WfWI, we have been able to educate and serve hundreds of women and girls. We also would like to thank the whole team at the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, for supporting our trauma program, for the benefit of Yezidi women and girls.

The Free Yezidi Foundation is competing in Global Giving's Girl Fund campaign. We are now ranked #23 out of 164 projects. If we can move up to the top four spots, our project could be funded for an entire year! This competition is for the number of unique donors. So we are seeking as many individual donors as possible. Please consider contributing $10 or more by March 14th by clicking here. We are grateful for any assistance you can provide.

To our generous friends and individual supporters, thank you for standing with our women and girls. We are grateful to you for your support!


Sincerely,

- Pari Ibrahim
Executive Director
Free Yezidi Foundation

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All donations up to $15,000 will be 100% matched!

We are very pleased that one of our generous donors has pledged to match all donations up to $15,000 from today until the end of the year.

We are enormously grateful to you, our friends and supporters, for standing with us as we work to help Yezidi civilians overcome trauma and build a better future. Our efforts to provide psychological care, training, education, and tools for justice are important to our community in the IDP camps and beyond.

To make a 501c3 contribution, please visit one of these links:

Children's center
Women's center
Pursuit of justice

For those outside the United States, you can make a contribution by clicking here.

Thank you and Happy Holidays to you and your families.

Sincerely,

- Pari Ibrahim
Executive Director
Free Yezidi Foundation

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Location: Duhok, NA - Iraq
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