Doubled Feast for Yazidis
hindered them from celebrating the feast. Thousands of them have been captured by ISIS and many were killed. During the three days fasting, they prayed to God to rescue the kidnapped and free their lands after they have gone through many heinous crimes. The Yazidis adhere to their religion and have not given it up after the 74 genocides. Their ad- herence to their religion and loving peace have helped them survive.
It is true that they were not happy with not celebrating the feast but they were happy that their land has been freed by Yazidi freedom fighters and Peshmerge. Masoud Barzani, the Kurdish President has dedicated Peshmerge victory to Yazidi minority on the day of their feast and has promised to be in the front lines fighting with Peshmerge for freeing every piece of Kurdish land. Thus, the defeating of IS by Peshmerge forces has planted the roots of hope among the Kurdish people.
‘’In the past, streets were filled with people while celebrating the Ezi feast but now they are empty and no one is celebrating because of our people, because of those who have been killed, kidnapped and those who are fighting. There will be no feast before freeing our men, women and girls and before freeing our lands," Hazim Kori, a Yazidi man, said. Jabir Khero, 26 yaers old, said, ’’I will not celebrate the feast until I see my sister free from ISIS and liberate Shingal." Qasim Shesho, Yazidi and Peshmerge Commander, said that this year's feast has become two, one is our feast and the other is liberating our land from ISIS.