The prayer of the Yazidis

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The prayer of the Yazidis

The mountains are bathed by beautiful blue moon light. Right before dawn, the women living on the foot of the mountain start making bread into an earthen oven for breakfast. When the sun rises, the inhabitants pray facing the sun. Here in northwestern Iraq, the Shingar mountains, with an elevation of 1,463 meters (4,800 ft.) spread east to west, and affluent human life takes its course in harmony with nature. The people living in the Shingal mountains and surrounding villages are called “Yazidi". They have been living here protecting their own peculiar religion and traditions, which were passed down from generation to generation.

On 3 August 2014, Daesh (Islamic State) started attacking Yazidi villages and towns in Shingal. Since then, it is believed that Daesh has murdered about 5,000 and abducted a further 6,000 Yazidis. Women are subjected to sexual, physical and physiological violence. Their peaceful life was suddenly taken away from them.

The Prayer of the Yazidis, portraits the stories of Yazidis in Iraq and Germany who fled their homeland following the siege and massacre carried by Daesh, and touches upon issues of trauma, identity and collective memory.

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