Each day we start off knowing that the day will hold new experiences, meet new friends and are amazed by the beautiful resilient Ezidi people.
Barbara Bluett is an absolute magnet for Yazidi’s of all ages…….she lives in Toowoomba, Australia’s largest Yazidi community. Barbara has been leading and assisting in English classes. Barbara and Wafaa Tanious, went to a little village for a women’s health workshop yesterday and is making connections between her Toowoomba friends and their relatives in the camps here. She has met numerous Yazidi’s here who are heading to Toowoomba so has been able to welcome them to Australia and promise to meet them once they arrive in Toowoomba. She managed to find and meet up with an elderly Yazidi lady who is heading out to Toowoomba…the beginning of a long term friendship. No task is too big for petite Barbara and she is an absolute ball of energy and enthusiasm.
How do explain what it is like to lose 18 members of your family to execution or enslavement by ISIS? How does a woman raised to be modest, go about uncovering the sexual abuse and rape she has endured – especially to a global audience? Nadia Murad has done just that and for her courage and determination to be a voice for the Yazidi people, she has been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize.
What if these tortured and traumatised women and girls were your wife, mother, daughter or granddaughters? What if these men who were killed were you father, husband, son, uncle or brother? We have heard horrific stories this week from the Yazidi’s at Bajed Kandala…..one extended family of 32 were slaughtered and only 3 young people remain alive today. Others have not heard or seen their family members since the genocide in August 2014.
Support and befriend the local Yazidi communities in Toowoomba, Armidale, Orange, Dubbo, Coffs Harbour and Wagga.
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These are the people Operation Hope volunteers are working with this month in Iraq.
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