Continuing on the work on the topic “Life After Genocide”, journalist and researcher Vicken Cheterian and myself decided to go back and revisit Iraq. Our work started 7 years ago when visiting minorities and tried to understand a little better how living through war and genocide affected the population while ISIS created horror on their lives. We focused our work on the Yazidi population as well as Christian communities from Iraq and the nearby region.
|Many of the Yazidi children living in random camps have never known anything but the temporary|
location they are staying at.
|Despite the ban on making permeant buildings, the Yazidi community has established shops and |
basic services like this barber shop.
|Football seems to have a uniting effect on everyone, everywhere, also amongst the young Yazidi |
kids playing near the city of Dahok.
|The Yazidi culture is very conservative, the the holiest place for them is the temple in Lalish where all Yazidi should at least once visit.|
|Lalish is the holiest place for the Yazidi people. During the month of April, families will make visits to |
Lalish, spend time, have picnic, as well as contribute with keeping the place well maintained
|Yazidi families dress up in traditional clothing and spend time together while also visiting the |
holy locations within the Yazidi temple in Lalish.