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Ezidi-Focused Humanitarian Organization

The Ezidis – also known as the Yezidis or 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 members of the 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 Ezidis speak the Kurmanji dialect of Kurdish (Northern Kurdish). Ezidis are monotheists, believing God is the creator of the universe. Moreover, they believe that 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 also 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.


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The Ezidi Relief Fund is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides educational and medical assistance to internal displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees in Rojava, Northern Syria. Through collaboration with the local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), we established a secure route to access the hard to reach areas, thus providing much needed medical supplies and non-perishable food items.

The 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 than 15 kilometers from the Syrian border.

In October 2014, the United Nations reported that ISIS, on August 3, 2014, began ethno genocide of the Ezidis. During the Ezidi genocide, more than 5,000 people were murdered and between 5,000 and 7,000 women and children were abducted and ultimately sold as sex slaves.

It is estimated that at least 3,200 Ezidi women and girls are still in captivity, the majority of them held inside ISIS-controlled areas of Syria. ISIS continues to enslave Ezidis, causing them grievous bodily harm by subjecting them to torture and inhuman treatment. This terror by ISIS has caused a collective trauma for the Ezidis and Kurds worldwide.

Ezidis Left Alone

When ISIS attacked, the people living in Shengal were totally unaware of the collapse of the Iraqi security situation. No evacuation orders had been issued. In a panic, thousands of Ezidis – including infants, young children, and the elderly – fled the city to Mount Sinjar. Many died on Mount Sinjar before the Syrian Kurdish forces – the YPG or People's Protection Units – fought their way through ISIS-held territory and secured a corridor to evacuate about 50,000 Ezidis to relative safety.

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