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oral histories

This page features the oral histories of Yazidi survivors of the 2014 genocide and members of the Yazidi community. Their stories speak to the pain that the genocide inflicted on individuals and to the resilience of the Yazidi people. Their words describe the daily terrors of survival, the fracturing of families, and their determination to preserve their Yazidi identity, culture, and religion in the face of overwhelming oppression, among other topics.

While their stories touch on similar themes, the lives of these interviewees are far from identical. Some were born in Iraq and experienced the genocide firsthand. Others were born in Iraq and immigrated prior to the genocide. Some were born abroad in the Yazidi diaspora, yet experienced the genocide through news coverage or by providing aid to survivors. These differences teach us that every person's testimony regarding genocide is unique, shaped by their own life experiences, emotions, and values.

These testimonies are featured in alphabetical order. New testimonies will be added in the future as new interviews are conducted. If you are interested in sharing your story with the Yazidi Genocide Archive, please contact us using the form at the bottom of the page.
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