Mission: to preserve the Yezidi faith and empower the Yezidi people all around the world through selfless service.

Maps of Yezidi regions inside Kurdistan and inside Sinjar district, a disputed region and technically under control of Iraq.
Traditionally, Yezidis lived in towns and villages of Sinjar District, Dohuk, and Sheikhan.

Some of the villages, the red pins on the map, were collective villages which Yezidis were forced into during state-sponsored destruction of Yezidis communities during 1957, 1969, 1975, 1987, 1988.


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        Sinjar/Iraq up close

          • Demographics The Yezidis live principally in northern Iraq. There are approximately one million people worldwide. Historically, the Yezidis lived primarily in communities in locales that are in present-day Iraq, Syria, and Turkey, and also had significant numbers in Armenia and Georgia. However, events since the 20th century have resulted in considerable demographic shift in these areas as well as mass emigration. .

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          • It has been estimated that 23 million Yezidis have been killed by Muslims and their other self-proclaimed enemies during the past 700 years. The Yezidi population continues to decrease. Just 200 years ago, it was 2 million. It is now estimated to be less than one million worldwide. A current “incentive” to the ongoing slaughter is a belief that states that if a Muslim slays a Yezidi great awards await him or her in Heaven. If a Muslim man slays a Yezidi he is told that he will be rewarded with 72 virgins in the next world. .

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          • As a minority group in Middle East, Yezidis have been persecuted throughout their history. They have been an easy target especially since they are a minority and are wrongfully labeled as “devil worshipers.” In reality though, they worship god and the seven angels. In order to maintain peace Yezidis have had to alter their clothes, language,

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          • Yezidi religious year includes four holy festivals:

            The New Year
            The Feast of Sacrifice
            The Feast of Seven Days, Sept 23-30
            The first Friday of December feast following three days of fasting.

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