Statement: On the Occasion of ‘Çarşema serê salê’-Yazidi New Year

Tomorrow, April 15, 2020, we will be welcoming the Yazidi New Year, known as “Çarsema Serè Salè,” which commemorates the day on which God completed the creation of the universe, life, and all of nature. The holiday marks a symbolic moment within the Yazidi faith—just as spring transforms the Earth into its most lush and vivid state, the New Year represents the renewal of both nature and hope. Given the unprecedented nature of the current COVID-19 pandemic, instead of the traditional public gatherings, Yazidi communities are committing to celebrating with their family members without leaving their homes and tents.

To mark the occasion, Yazda’s leadership, members, and volunteers would like to send their most sincere wishes for safety and good health to everyone in the world, including the Yazidi people. As we are welcoming this holiday, we must take time to remember more than 2,700 Yazidi women and children who are still missing after being taken captive by ISIS, innocent people whose fates at the hands of heinous criminals are unknown. We must take time to think of the thousands of survivors, widows, and orphans who have continued to face enormous difficulties daily since the genocide. We cannot forget approximately 300,000 Yazidis who have been unable to return home for nearly six years and continue struggling to live in the IDP camps of Iraq.

‏The Yazidis in Syria, particularly the region of Afrin and its sounding areas, are in a similar situation to the Yazidis in Iraq and face unprecedented threats to their very existence. We pray for the safety and protection of all the people of Syria, including the Yazidi community. Yazda would also like to take this occasion to remember the victims of the recent global health crisis caused by the spread of COVID-19 and wish everyone safety and good health in these difficult times


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