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Yezidis will vote to join Kurdistan in referendum, says MP

By Rudaw 13/6/2017
A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier holding a Kurdistan flag on Mount Shingal. Photo: Rudaw
A Kurdish Peshmerga soldier holding a Kurdistan flag on Mount Shingal. Photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The upcoming referendum on Kurdistan independence will be an important opportunity for the Yezidi minority to make their voices heard and choose a direction they want their community to take, said the sole female Yezidi representative in the Iraqi parliament.
“This is a very important issue so that we will figure out which direction our people will choose,” Vian Dakhil, MP, told Rudaw.
She believes that the majority of Yezidis will vote to join the Kurdistan Region.
“Today we have to determine our fate by ourselves to be with the Kurdistan Region,” she said. “Here at least, the stability, safety, prosperity, and development that exists here can also be expanded to Shingal.”
The Kurdistan Region will hold a referendum on independence on September 25. The vote will also be held in Kurdistani areas, including Shingal and Kirkuk, regions considered part of Kurdistan by Erbil after they came under the Kurdish government’s control during the war against ISIS. Baghdad also claims these areas, which have been called disputed as defined by Article 140 of the Iraqi constitution.
Dakhil said that for Yezidis, after suffering genocide at the hands of ISIS and living through the “disaster” of being away from the Kurdistan Region under ISIS, “our stability and safety is here.”
Dakhil is a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), led by Kurdish President Masoud Barzani.
Many different armed groups are currently operating in the Shingal region, including Kurdistan Region Peshmerga and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and their allied Yezidi force the YBS. To the south of Shingal mountain, the Shiite Hashd al-Shaabi are in control of Yezidi villages and have attracted many Yezidi fighters to their ranks.
Each force claims to be the true representative of the Yezidi people. 


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Stewee Guy | 13/6/2017
When Iraqi Kurdistan stops being strict Islamic state and become secular state only then all citizens will belong to it regardless of their religion or believes.
Pliny The Kurd | 13/6/2017
The yezidis are an old ,precious and essential component of the Kurdish nation.Their religion is respected by all Kurds whether yzidis or not. At the beginning we were all yzidis before the Arab sward has cut Kurdish throats and submitted most of us to their muslim religion which does not fit in anyway with Kurdish mentality or traditions.I remember how as I was a child I used to read works written by European authors and neglected always Arabic and Islamic texts.This mood was common among othor Kurdish teens of my school.A true Kurd is friendly with the diversity and free belief.
Berxwedan | 13/6/2017
Every Êzîdî I have met was a true Kurdish patriot. They all support Kurdistan and the unity of our people. I am sure the Êzîdîs in Şengal will also vote for the independence. The 25th of September will be a historical day for every Kurd in and outside the KRG. Muslims, Êzîdîs, Christians, Şabaks, Faîlîs, Jews: everbody who is able to vote and has Kurdish blood in his veins will show the world that we are one!

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