April 13, 2021
Tomorrow, April 14, 2021, we will be welcoming Yazidi ( Êzîdî) New Year, known as “ Çarşema Serê Salê.” Yazidis around the world will come to gather and celebrate this unique occasion, a commemoration of the day in which God (Xûede) completed the creation of the universe, life, and nature; that entrusted into the care of seven Holy Archangels, according to Yazidi Theology. The New Year marks a symbolic moment where spring turns the earth into its most lush and vivid state, representing the renewal of nature and hope in the Yazidi faith. This year, Yazidi religious leadership decided not to hold a religious ceremony in Lalish Temple because of the COVID-19 Pandemic spread.
As we welcome and celebrate this holiday, it is necessary to remember the roughly 2800 Yazidi girls and women still missing in ISIS captivity. We also cannot forget the thousands of survivors, widows, and orphans who face enormous difficulties on a daily basis after the genocide. We remember over 250,000 Yazidis who continue to suffer in IDP camps in Iraq, and after six years, are still unable to return home. We also recognize the situation of Yazidis in Syria and the unprecedented threats to their very existence; especially after the Afrin invasion, we remember Yazidis who are living in challenging conditions in Lebanon (Displaced from Syria), Greece, and Turkey.
On this unique occasion, we call upon friendly countries to continue to provide humanitarian support to Yazidis, and other vulnerable minorities, including them in resettlement programs. We call upon the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government to exert more efforts in finding the Yazidis who are still missing, bringing justice to the victims, and holding ISIS accountable. We also call on the above parties to put in place serious steps to restore security and stability to the Yazidi areas, especially Sinjar and help Yazidis return to their homes and start rebuilding the region.
On this occasion, Yazda’s leadership, members, and volunteers would like to send their most sincere wishes for peace and protection to everyone in the world, including the Yazidi people.
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