Farida Abbas, a Yazidi survivor of ISIS enslavement, Yazda deputy Executive director, Ahmed Khudida Burjus, and Yazda member in the UK, Fahima Salih, had a great honour to meet Princess Eugenie and Julia De Boinville, Vice President at Afiniti.com, in London at the beginning of this month.
The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration at Canadian parliament invited officials from the department of immigration within Canadian government on Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017, to discuss the resettlement issues related to Yezidi women, girls and children.
Dawn Edlund, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada reported that 807 survivors have already arrived to Canada by last October 29 from Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey; 81% are Yazidis (230 women 170 men and 390 are children). She also acknowledges the positive role of Yazda and other organisations in this resettlement program.
Since June 2016, Yazda is providing first application screening for Canada, Australia and the USA to resettle Yazidi survivors in these countries. Yazda and through the administrative support or Bataqa program provided support to around 1500 survivors and hundreds of their family members. mainly in helping for administrative process. The most frequent cases are:
1-Application for the small pension for survivors
2-Replacement of missing documents.
3-Applications for resettlement in Canada, USA, Australia.
4-Application to funds that allow a one-off payment to survivors.
5-Family reunification in foreign countries.
6-Administrative follow-ups on special cases (children with no family and especially vulnerable individuals)
Through the same program, Yazda is working with the Iraqi government, especially with the Baghdad’s Directorate of Social Protection for women (part of the Ministry of Social Affairs) since more than 2 years to provide ongoing financial support to the survivors. So far Yazda was able to secure monthly salaries of 150.000 IQD for over 700 survivors, applications of 383 more survivors have been approved by Iraqi minister of social affairs and 214 applications for new survivors are in the in the process.
Nadia Murad, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador, Haider Elias, Yazda President, Dalal Abbas, Yazda Canada Director and Mathew Barber, the former director of Yazda Iraq, have also testified before the immigration and citizenship committee last week and requested the Canadian government to resettle more survivors and provide more help on the ground for Yazidis and other minorities in Iraq.
Yazda thanks the Canadian government for the support to those desperate survivors.
A delegation from Yazda and the Yazidi Cultural Forum in Baghdad met today with Mr. Mohammed Salman Al-Saadi, an Advisor to the Iraqi Prime Minister for Reconciliation, and Ms. Boshra Al-Obaidi, former Commissioner of the High Commission for Human Rights in Iraq.
The two sides discussed the situation in Sinjar and Nineveh plain in terms of administration, security and basic services, in the light of the recent developments. Mr. Al-Saadi expressed his symphony and interest in the Yezidi cause and stressed that the equal rights of all citizens under the Iraqi Constitution, preserving the dignity and rights of all components in Iraq, including the Yazidi component. The delegation called for a strategic consideration of the Yazidi cause because the Yazidis were subject to major crimes. The delegation stressed the importance for the Yazidis to manage their areas and provide their own security or self-protect. The two sides also discussed the reconstruction efforts in Yazidi and minorities areas in Sinjar, Nineveh Plain, and compensation for families. Highlighted also, the importance of restoring the necessary services of water, electricity and health at the earliest opportunity. The delegation also requested that the government to put more efforts to rescue Yazidi children and women who have been captured by ISIS and have not yet been liberated. The delegation has requested the government to issue a statement on criminalization in case of retention
The delegation called for a strategic consideration of the Yazidi cause because the Yazidis were subject to major crimes. The delegation stressed the importance for the Yazidis to manage their areas and provide their own security or self-protect. The two sides also discussed the reconstruction efforts in Yazidi and minorities areas in Sinjar, Nineveh Plain, and compensation for families. Highlighted also, the importance of restoring the necessary services of water, electricity and health at the earliest opportunity. The delegation also requested that the government to put more efforts to rescue Yazidi children and women who have been captured by ISIS and have not yet been liberated. The delegation has requested the government to issue a statement on criminalization in case of retention
The delegation also requested that the government to put more efforts to rescue Yazidi children and women who have been captured by ISIS and have not yet been liberated. The delegation has requested the government to issue a statement on criminalization in case of retention a Yazidi children. Yazda and the government will also work on identifying these children.
Murad Ismael, Yazda executive director, and Jameel Ghanem, Yazda operations manager particpated in this meeting.
Yazda would like to congratulate Ms. Farida Abbas for her engagement ceremony which was held, today in Germany.
Farida is a genocide survivor of ISIS enslavement, she was held in captivity for four months where she was subjected to unimaginable suffering including physical and mental abuse.
Since her escape, Farida has been an effective part of Yazda global advocacy campaign to bring ISIS to justice, raise awareness and bring international attention to the Genocide. So far, Farida has spoken in different meetings and events in UK, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Portugal, Lebanon, Belgium and Iraq.
Farida published her book, The Girls Who Beat ISIS, which has been published in more than 14 countries.
We at Yazda are so happy about this news which also marks a strong death signal to ISIS and a strong hope sign to our community that lives under an ongoing genocide since more than 3 years. Congratulations again and we wish you all the very best for your future life.
Yazda Board of Directors
Job title: Accountant
We are seeking an organized and driven Accountant to join our growing team at Yazda organization. An Accountant who will work closely with our other employees and operations personnel and handle day-to-day records and bookkeeping. We’re an energetic organization and are looking for a passionate individual to join our efforts and revitalize our record keeping and bring more organization to our day to day financials. A person who can participate in responsible financial management of our organization according to specialized financial rules that pertain to nonprofit organizations generally and Yazda exclusively, and can work with donors, vendors, organization staff, management and board members.
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We seek an Accountants who can demonstrate attention to detail and good record-keeping skills to meet state and federal tax and nonprofit regulations. He/she also needs outstanding communication skills for working with front-line staff, management and board members
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President Marcon received today at the Elysee Palace in Paris a delegation consisted of Nadia Murad, UNODC GW ambassador, Abid Shamdeen, Yazda director of Government Affairs, Kerry Propper, Yazda board member and advocate for Genocide victims, Grégoire Théry, Executive Director of Cap international and member of Nadia Team, and Elizabeth Scheffer Brown, a member of Nadia Initiative.
Nadia briefed the president on a number of issues, including; her personal story and struggle of thousands of women who fell into ISIS captivity in 2014, the situation of Yazidis and other religious minorities in Iraq, the current crises in Iraq and the security needs of all components of Iraq, the humanitarian situation and the need for de-mining and establishing an international fund to rebuild the areas.
The president affirmed that France attaches great importance to the situation of victims of Yazidis and other ethnic and religious minorities who face persecution in Iraq and Syria.
He affirmed France commitment to the Yazidi cause, accountability of ISIS, and the brave struggle led by Nadia Murad. He also affirmed commitment to take initiatives, including, de-mining of the Sinjar Region and providing humanitarian support to facilitate a safe return of Yazidis to their homeland. He indicate that France will take concrete actions with partners in favour of protection of minorities in both Iraq and Syria.
You can read a press release in French here http://www.elysee.fr/communiques-de-presse/article/entretien-du-president-de-la-republique-avec-nadia-murad/