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Displaced in Sharya

This girl was living in an unfinished school building with other Yazidi refugees in Sharya at the outskirts of Dohuk, Northern Iraq. Dohuk district, north of Mosul was never occupied by ISIS and had become one of the hotspots for Yazidi refugees. Some have been living in official UN camps,…

On being threatened by ISIS and finding refuge in Germany

Karim is a Yazidi living in Germany who was visiting his relatives in Iraq. He is originally from Sharya near Dohuk in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. But when there were several deadly terrorist attacks against Yazidis in 2007, his father sent him to Germany at the age of 18, to have…

On escaping ISIS and guarding the holiest Yazidi shrine

Haydar works as a guard at Lalish, the holiest shrine of the Yazidi people, which every member of this small religious group should visit at least once in a lifetime. The millennia-old pilgrimage site in Iraq’s Nineveh region (currently under control of the Kurdistan region of Iraq) has been a…

On German Yazidis, the “birthplace of civilisation” and a ban on wearing blue

Karim (in the middle) and his brothers and cousins were visiting the holy site at Lalish. Here they are standing in front of a mural depicting Noah’s Ark. Yazidis believe that Noah’s Ark first hit dry land at Lalish, and therefore they regard it as the birthplace of civilisation as…