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Kurdish Activists ‘Convert’ to Yezidis in Act of Solidarity

By Rudaw 31/8/2014
Photo: Displaced Yezidi families from Shingal.
Photo: Displaced Yezidi families from Shingal.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - In an act of solidarity with Yezidis made homeless and persecuted en masse by the Islamic State (IS/formerly ISIS) in Iraq, dozens of Kurdish intellectuals and activists announced they have symbolically converted to the faith.

“We become Yezidis to show the radical Muslims that their genocidal campaign would only increase the number of Yezidis in Kurdistan,” said a group of 48 intellectuals and activists in a joint statement.

They said that the Yezidis are “subjected to savage attacks only because they have a different religion.”

“Because of their non-Muslim faith they are killed en masse, their girls and women are enslaved and many of them have been forcefully converted to Islam,” their statement read.

IS militants attacked the Yezidi town of Shingal early this month, killing several hundred civilians and displacing tens of thousands to Mount Shingal, where many died of hunger and thirst.

“I feel like a Yezidi,” pronounced Frmesk Mustafa, a Kurdish actress.  “I am one of them,” she said.

Mustafa, who has returned to Kurdistan from Norway to work with Yezidi refugees, said: “The aim is to make them return the girls. And to show that Yezidis have to remain with their faith without fear.”

The activists stressed in their statement that the Kurdistan Region has no room for religious intolerance, and that Yezidis are welcome as members of Kurdish society.

“One of the prides of the people of Kurdistan is their belief in religious and ethnic diversity where every individual can live together,” they said.

The group called on the people of Kurdistan, Iraq and the world to become Yezidis, albeit symbolically, in solidarity with the small and persecuted community.

“We want to tell the Yezidis and the people of the world that we will not leave the Yezidis to face a genocide alone,” read the statement.


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Kurd | 31/8/2014
Yezedi's are the purest type of Kurds. We Kurds should all move back to our original religion Zoroadism and Yezedism.
Brave Kurds | 31/8/2014
Honorable and brave Kurds converting to Yezidism in a courageous assertion of human dignity.I would be pleased to see that others across the world do the same thing in defiance of the murderous Arab Islamists.
sarkar | 31/8/2014
first of all, those intellectuals people as they considered themself as intellectual they want to kurdish people to changer their pure religion islam as well as most of them even don't believe islam till want to change their religion ? Congratulations to you we as muslims dont need you to stay in spite of I guess that according to yezidi religion they don't want to somone to enter thier religion otherwise not let their people to leave yezidism as we saw in the past 'dua' this girl when she converted to islan they killed her .
Ninoo | 31/8/2014
With all respect but in my opinion those 48 people need to be punished, not because they have changed their religion but in fact they are making this situation even worse. Also it may change Muslim people's behavior about helping Yazid's people. I don't see any benefits from what they have announced, changing their religion. However, in Yazidi religion no one can become Yazidi unless is born as Yazidi.
bijî Peshmerga bijî real Kurds. Fuck 3emme!! | 31/8/2014
Her bijî real Kurds. Muslim Kurd= jaş kurd!!
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