Ezidi Relief Fund
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Providing Educational & Medical Assistance to Refugees & Internally Displaced Persons


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Hospital Project

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Food Project

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Food Project

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Who are the Ezidis? Where are they from?

The Ezidis (also Yezidis, Yazidis) are an ethnically Kurdish religious minority that originated in Northern Mesopotamia. Ezidizm is a distinct  ancient Mesopotamian religion whose beliefs span thousands  of years and include some aspects of  Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Today, Ezidis live primarily in the Nineveh Province of Northwestern Iraq. Additional diaspora live in Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, Iran, Syria, Europe, Australia and North America. 

The Ezidis' cultural practices are ethnically Kurdish, as well as religious.  All Eizidis speak the Kurmanji  dialect of Kurdish (Northern Kurdish).

 The Ezidis are monotheists, believing God is creator of the universe. Moreover, God has placed the universe under the divine care of seven holy beings or angels, the chief of whom is Meleke Tawuse, the Peacock Angel.

The Ezidis believe that Meleke Tawuse is the representative of God on Earth and comes down to Earth on the first Wednesday of the Kurdish month of Nisan (April). Ezidis believe that God created Meleke Tawuse on this day, and therefore celebrate it as New Year's Day. 

According to the Ezidi calendar, April 2016 marked the beginning of the year 6,766. In the Gregorian calendar the Ezidi year one corresponds to 4,754 BCE. 


74th Genocide.

"They came to destroy."

In the early hours of August 3, 2014, fighters from the terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) flooded out of their bases in Syria and Iraq and into the  Sinjar region with the intent to annihilate the Ezidis reviled by them as infidels. The Sinjar region of Northern Iraq is at its nearest point, less then 15 kilometers from the Syrian border. 

In October 2014, the United Nations reported that ISIS on August 3, 2014, begun an ethnogenocide  of the Ezidis. More than 5,000 Ezidis were mass murdered and 5,000 to 7,000 mostly women and children were abducted by ISIS, many sold as sex slavery. 

It is estimated that at least 3,200 Ezidi women and girls are still captives of ISIS, the majority of them held inside ISIS controled areas of Syria. ISIS continues today to enslave Ezidis subjecting them to torture and inhuman and degrading treatment, causing them serious bodily and mental harm as a result.

This terror by ISIS has caused a collective trauma for the Ezidis and Kurds worldwide.

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YPJ is saving Ezidis

Ezidis Left alone...

On August 3, 2014, when ISIS attacked, the people living in the city of Shengal were totally unaware of the collapse of the Iraqi security situation. No evacuation orders had been issued. 

In panic, thousands of Ezidis - including infants, young children and the elderly - fled the city to Mount Sinjar. Many lost their lives on Mount Sinjar before the Syrian Kurdish forces, the YPG or People's Protection Units, fought their way from Syria inot Iraq through ISIS held territory and secured a corridor to evacuate about fifty thousands Ezidis to relative safety.


Mission Statement

The Ezidi Relief Fund is a 501 (C) 3 non-profit, nonpartisan organization that
provides educational and medical assistance to Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs)
and refugees in Rojava, Northern Syria.

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