Yazda sends condolences to Yazidis after the death of the Yazidi Baba, H.E. Baba Sheikh Khurto Hajji Ismail. We are deeply saddened by the passing of the Yazidi Baba, Sheikh Khurto Hajji Ismail. Yazda`s board, staff, and volunteers send their sincere condolences to Baba Sheikh`s family and all Yazidi people around the world on this sad occasion.
Baba Sheikh was overseeing the Yazidis' religious hierarchy, he was the highest spiritual leader for the Yazidi community and a member of the Yazidi Spiritual Council. He was a peace advocate and loved by all the Yazidis and respected by different communities in Iraq and around the world.
Baba Sheikh was known for his edict which was published in February 2015 welcoming the female survivors of ISIS captivity back into the Yazidi faith and calling on “everyone to cooperate so that the victims can return to their normal lives and integrate into society.” Yazda had the privilege to work with the Baba Sheikh and have his blessing in the past 6 years.
He will remain unforgotten by us and so many around the world. Rest in Peace.
Yazda Board of Directors