Yazidi's escape from their homeland
Images (first 4 images) were taken in Northern Iraq at
16.August.2014, in Southeastern Turkey at 19.August and 02.Sept.2014
Nobody wants to be a refugee. This is a way of life that others imposed
on them. Yazidis living in refugee camps who escaped from northern Iraq
is a part of this tragedy today.
They are a
mostly-Kurdish speaking ethnic population. Their belief system has roots
in ancient Mesopotamian religions and Zoroastrianism.
They have a hierarchical social
structure made up of three castes: the sheiks, the murids and the pirs. Marriage
between the castes is not permitted.
Marriage outside of the faith is grounds for "excommunication".
This is a society that
beliefs in the infinity of the world and the nature. They believe that
God, who created the world, would never destroy it. They pray three
times a day, facing the sun. Wednesday is the day of rest. They believe
that the first man was created on a Wednesday.
there are an estimated 800 000 Yazidis in the world. 650 000 of the
entire population lives in Northern Iraq.
experiencing what they consider to be their 74.genocide. This is
because they have a different belief system. They have been subjected to
violence and genocide at all ages because they did not want to renounce
forced to flee their homes after fighters for the Islamist group ISIS
invaded their territory. Many took refuge on Mount Shingal. Mount
Shingal is considered holy ground. Later they were passed through a
secure corridor created by fighters and brought to the Turkish-Iraqi
border. This secure corridor saved 30.000 Yazidis from a certain death.