Yazidi. Portrait of a forgotten people
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What are we talking about when we talk about Yazidi people? The Genocide of the Yazidi community happened on August 3, 2014. That day, Daesh murdered 5.000 people, kidnapped 7.000 women and caused the exodus of almost 200.000. Until then, few people in the world had heard of them.

There is evidence that connect their origins to times before the appearance of Christianity. Historically they have lived in the region of Sinjar, northwest of Iraq, without a recognized territory and a religious repression that never allowed them to develop as a civilization.

That August 3 their story began to be heard, in low voice, as when talking about something that seems to have little relevance. They talk about it through so heavy stories, that they are impossible to be listened without having the feeling that the weight of the whole history of humanity hits you and floods you: they tell you how they destroyed their sacred mountain, how they kidnapped thousands of women or how they were raped in front of their relatives. They tell you how their children were dismembered in front of their parents. How men and boys were grouped, insulted and shot. Of those who lived it, there are those who barely utter a word, there are those who have terror stuck in their faces.

They want to tell their story. After listening to them, they will do everything possible so you spend a comfortable time with them.

When we talk about the Yazidi people we talk about terror, and we talk about humanity. We speak of the world, of manhood and their history, of minorities, of identity for millennia, of oppression and resistance. They draw the complete map of life and death.

Meanwhile, from an absolute ignorance, we have much to learn from them.

For all these reasons, they deserve to be looked at face off.

Yazidi. Portrait of a forgotten people.