Yazda follows with great concern the military and security developments along the Syrian-Turkish border and expresses its great fear with respect to the security and safety of Yazidi citizens in 21 villages in the vicinity of Afrin, where a military operation is unfolding.
We want Turkey, the so-called Free Syrian Army and other extremist groups to be held responsible if any persecution or acts of ethnic cleansing take place against our people. The Yazidi community in Syria have been targeted since 2011 because of their identity, and have suffered forced displacement. According to our sources, the Yazidi community in Syria has been reduced from 90,000 people to less than 15,000.
The current military operation and instability in the region puts the lives of those remaining there at a great risk which could result in dire and tragic consequences for the Yazidi community in Syria. Our fear is that jihadist or radical groups within the attacking forces could treat the Yazidis in a similar manner to ISIS and might therefore commit another genocide in areas occupied by the Yazidis ,which include the following villages; Basofan (the largest Yazidi village- population of 3500 people before forced displacement), Faqira, Bafloun, Qastil Jandul, Qaibar, Burj Abdadlo, Ghazawiya, Shadir, Eiska, Kufir Zayit, Baa’i, Ein Dara, Qatma, Sinka, Ashka, Ali Qayna, Chaqla Koma, Qaila, Gonde Mazin, Kafir Safra, and the village of Jinders.
Yazda holds the Turkish government’s responsibility of protecting Yazidi citizens in these areas and call on the United Nations, and the USA and Russia as two global powers with forces on the ground, to prevent radical groups from reaching these villages.
Yazda also call on the Yazidis to leave such areas of conflict and to not remain under the ruling of jihadist armed groups, as such groups consider the Yazidis to be infidels.
Yazda call on all parties to protect civilian lives and take measure to minimize the collateral damage of the war. Yazda also call on the international community to adopt a process for peace to bring an end to the tragedy of Syrian people.
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The recognition of the Yazidi Genocide by the Armenian parliament today is a historic moment for the entire Yazidi community worldwide and for victims of this genocide. We welcome this important step especially as it comes from a country which, in recent history, has suffered greatly from genocide.
“I am touched by today’s decision and I would like to express my gratitude to the people of Armenia and their representatives in Parliament . Acknowledgment of the Genocide means a lot to me and all the victims of genocide.” said Nadia Murad, UNODC Goodwill Ambassador for dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking.
“The Yazidi genocide is the latest capital crime of our century, the world should recognize this crime and accept the fact it happened, not only recognize it, but take the steps to stop it and adopt mechanisms to ensure it will not be repeated in the future” said Murad Ismael, Yazda Executive Director
Yazda and Nadia Murad express their gratitude to the Standing Committee on Foreign Relation, to MP Rustam Makhmudyan (a Yazidi himself), leader of the RPA fraction Vahram Baghdasaryan, ,leader of the ARF fraction Armen Rustamyan and the Tsarukyan and Yelk fractions. We also thank all the members who supported the initiative.
Our organization is currently seeking a Development Director to oversee our donor relations program and manage our fundraising initiatives. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing our non-profit’s fundraising campaigns, communicating with current and prospective donors around the world, and building a stronger development team for our organization. This position involves managing individual and corporate gifts as well as planned and annual giving campaigns. The Director will work closely with The Executive Director and the Board of Directors in all development and fund raising endeavours. If you have a strong background in non-profit fundraising and development, we encourage you to apply.
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UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad, and Yazda director of government relation Abid Shamdeen accompanied with Yazda board member, Kerry Proper and Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown, member of Nadia`s Intiative met with Mr. Jean Claude Mallette the special advisor of France Secretary of State to follow up on the previous discussion which both parties have held during the meeting with the Honorable, Emmanuel Macron, the French President and the Foreign Minister Mr. Jean Ledrian, in October of 2017.
During the meeting they discussed the plan how to reconstruct the areas that destroyed by ISIS and how to find a plan to remove debris and land mines from these areas along with providing more humanitarian aids and immigration efforts to help those who need a safe heaven.
Yazda Mobile Medical Clinic Provides Free Medical Treatment to over 1,500 patients in Sinjar During Last December
Yazda`s current mobile medical clinic has been providing free health care to remote areas in Sinjar Mountain for over 2 year. The local people in these areas are either displaced, or returnees trying to rebuild their homes and lives, and do not have access to medical care.
Just last month, Yazda Mobile Medical Clinic was able to provide free medical treatment to 1500 patients who were suffering from various health problems including skin diseases, asthma, upper and lower respiratory tract infections, diabetes, bone and joint disease..etc
Yazda has been providing health and medical services to survivors and victims of ISIS enslavement, refugees and IDPs in Iraq through Mobile Medical Clinics & a Primary Health Centre (PHC) for nearly three years. More information can be found here https://www.yazda.org/health-and-service-projects/
Around 100.000 people in Sinjar are suffering for the lack of basic services, especially the lack of medicine and health care. Yazda is actively looking for support to expand its mobile medical services in Sinjar. You can donate to support our mobile clinic here https://www.yazda.org/Donate/.
The attached sheet below shows a work summary of Yazda Mobile Clinic in Sinjar for the last December. It also shows the medical cases, number of patients, their gender and ages.
Yazda-US would like to thank the Yazidi community in US for their attendance and participation in the Eida Rojiet Ezi event, which was held by Yazda-Yazidi Cultural Center on Dec. 15, 2017.
Your participation was the biggest part of the success of this event! The event started with one-minute silence as respect to remember those who lost their lives in the Yazidi Genocide followed by some Yazidi cultural activities, performed by Yazidi children who participate in cultural classes at the Yazidi Cultural Center in Lincoln, NE and a traditional Yazidi dance.
We also thank our music group for donating its time and musical equipment as well as nice performance throughout the event. We hope you found the event both interesting and joyful and looking forward to seeing you in future events.