Diego Ibarra Sánchez

Photographer
   
Yazidi Legacy
Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Nationality: Spanish
Biography: Diego Ibarra Sánchez 1982, Spain www.diegoibarra.com Diego Ibarra Sánchez is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Lebanon. Diego assumes a very critical stance regarding the use of images in our own society, defining... read on
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Yazidi Legacy
Credits: diego ibarra
Updated: 06/23/20
Location: sinjar,
Yazidi Legacy is a project to give an insight into the lives of Yazidis and explore their experiences of exile, separation, and memory bringing humanity back into the center of the Yazidi Genocide.

Five years after Islamic State militants launched a genocide against the Yazidi community in Sinjar, northern Iraq:  a separate religious community which mainly lives in northern Iraq. The terror campaign was based on a systematic ethnic-cleansing campaign against the Yazidi community; mass executions; forced religious conversions and widespread sexual violence

It was not the end of the suffering, genocide is a process, not an event. About 350,000 Yazidis remain trapped in camps in northern Iraq. Yazidis in these camps live in weather-worn tents without adequate access to food, water, electricity, education or opportunities to work.

An estimated 3,000 abducted Yazidi women and children are still missing, with fears that some might have been sold to al-Qaeda affiliates — women and girls to be sex slaves, boys to be trained as fighters.  Yazidi women and girls who were enslaved and raped by Islamic State militants have few choices. They may have been freed, but they can't bring home the children they had with the extremists.

Iraq's Yazidi women must abandon kids born in IS captivity. Yazidis began to face accusations of devil worship from Muslims beginning in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. While the Yazidis believe in one god, a central figure in their faith is Tawusî Melek, the “Peacock Angel” who defies God and serves as an intermediary between man and the divine. To Muslims, the Yazidi account of Tawusî Melek often sounds like the Quranic rendering of Shaytan—the devil—even though Tawusî Melek is a force for good in the Yazidi religion.

The future of the Yazidis remains under critical threat

The Yazidi´s genocide was recognized by the Security Council of U.N on JUNE 2016.  According to the 40-page-report, entitled "They Came to Destroy: ISIS Crimes Against the Yazidis",  Islamist militants had been systematically rounding up Yazidis in Iraq and Syria since August 2014, seeking to "erase their identity" in a campaign that met the definition of the crime as defined under the 1948 Genocide Convention. The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (CPPCG) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948 as General Assembly Resolution 260.  


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Legacy: Death among the flowers – The mass graves in Sinjar
On the outskirts of Sinjar, Iraq, the early morning rays against the horizon draw a map of desolation through the devastated streets of the city. In August 2014, the Islamic State attacked Sinjar Valley and its towns in the province of Nineveh in...


Yazidíes después del exterminio
Con Estado Islámico fuera del mapa, la comunidad yazidí intenta buscar un nuevo horizonte.

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