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tHE yAZIDI

The Yazidi people are finally moving back into their ancestral villages and towns. They are faced with the daunting task of rebuilding their lives. But the women will no longer have to sacrifice their bodies to the machinations of ISIS warriors. The men can reclaim their rightful place in their society. Children can go back to school.

Regrettably, whole generations have been decimated. Children have been killed, women sterilized and made sex slaves, men maimed, older people eliminated. They will have to piece together their psyches even as they rebuild the physical structures of their communities. And they will have to find new markets for their wares. Farmers will face hungry times as they replant and wait for the next harvest

Their numbers are depleted, but these people have a powerful spirit. They have been victimized over the centuries and have remained intact. Genocide is not a new state – they have felt its sting again and again. But…they are finally free to return to the places they love. They can begin to reweave the tapestry of their lives. It will not be easy but they have faced worse and they can again live life on their own terms.