Turkish airstrikes in the Shingal district, June 15, 2020. (Photo: Social Media)

Massive Turkish air strike follows threats against Ezidikhan

by Patrick Harriganon 2020-06-16
[MOUNT SHINGAL, Ezidikhan, Iraq. June 15] Turkish jets bombed 81 separate targets on Sunday, the biggest such Turkish operation since 2015. Dozens of US-made fighter jets, locally manufactured drones and mid-air refueling and airborne communication aircraft were deployed in “Operation Claw-Eagle”. Turkey conducted extensive airstrikes targeting more than thirty locations of the Sinjar Resistance Units, a […]
Flames ravaged croplands around Kocho.

Ezidikhan to investigate allegations of ISIS-KRG collusion

by Patrick Harriganon 2019-07-26
In a momentous decision, Ezidikhan’s Governing Council has unanimously adopted a resolution asserting Ezidikhan’s right to investigate alleged acts of genocide by regional militias including Kurdish forces as well as atrocities committed by Daesh extremists.

Sewa International and the Government of India collaborated with the Government of Ezidikhan to complete this large-bore water project for Shingal's 23,000 strong Siba Sheikh community.

Ezidikhan delivers a municipal water system to Siba Sheikh

by Patrick Harriganon 2019-07-09
The Government of Ezidikhan is beginning to deliver results of its visionary pledge to ‘Return and Rebuild’ with a new water well system installed at Siba Sheikh Kadir collective on the south side of Shingal mountain. With project funds provided by the Government of India to the Ezidikhan Government, the project broke ground in October 2018. The newly finished water system was inaugurated in January 2019 and now serves all 23,000 inhabitants of the sprawling Siba Sheikh Kadir collective.
Residents of Shingal’s Sinune subdistrict predominantly populated by Yezidis stage protests to reject the return of former Shingal administration officials. Nov 9th 2018

An interview with Ezidikhan Justice Minister Nallein Sowilo

by Patrick Harriganon 2019-06-29
Julian Langer interviews Ezidikhan Justice Minister Nallein Sowilo The Yezidi are an ancient indigenous community, whose ties to the lands in Northern Iraq stretch back to Mesopotamia. Their religious practices draw from Mesopotamian-theology, which is primarily characterized by the worship of Melek Taus, the Peacock Angel created by God as His Regent on earth. Like […]

Baba Sheikh Khurto Hajji Ismail

Baba Sheikh: “Our hearts go out to the innocent victims in Sri Lanka.”

by Patrick Harriganon 2019-05-02
"Our hearts go out to the innocent victims in Sri Lanka where so many were killed and injured in this senseless acts of terrorism. It wasn't so long ago when our community in Iraq faced such actions by ISIS. When we hear of such terrorism, the Yezidi community can relate and empathize as a people persecuted because of our ethics of tolerance and good will to all. Our love goes out to the victims and families and to all of Sri Lanka." -Baba Sheikh Khurto Hajji Ismail
Yazidis feast on traditional foods.

Ezidikhan Governing Council approves Food Code

by Patrick Harriganon 2019-03-29
A Food Code for Ezidikhan (GCR 5-20-02-19) has been unanimously adopted by the Governing Council of the Nation of Ezidikhan. The Code establishes definitions; sets standards for handling, distribution, management and personnel, food operations, and equipment and facilities; and provides for food establishment plan review, permit issuance, inspections, employee restrictions, and permit suspension based in Ezidikhan customary practices and widely accepted standards for promotion of public health.

Seeds of Life seeds await shipment from New Delhi to Ezidikhan. Photo taken 2019-02-10

‘Seeds of Life’ Agriculture Project launched by Ezidikhan

by Patrick Harriganon 2019-02-11
The Ezidikhan government has announced that the Government of India has agreed to provide aid for Ezidikhan’s Seeds of Life pilot project. The horticulture project includes a greenhouse, training for three Ezidikhan citizens, planting of 450 fruit and nut trees employing hundreds of workers, planting of vegetables crops that will employ twelve workers.
The predominantly Ezidi town of Sinjar (Shingal) located on the Syrian border. (Photo: Andrea Dicenzo)

Ezidikhan PM denounces Barzani threat to occupy Shingal

by Patrick Harriganon 2019-02-07
Ezidikhan Prime Minister Barjis Soso Kalaf has rejected statements made by neighboring Kurdistan Region’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani's during a speech earlier this week . Barzani's statements, says Prime Minister Barjis, amount to a threat to occupy and administer Shingal against the will of the Yezidi people. “The people of Shingal utterly rcondemn any attempt by Barzani to forcibly take political or physical control of Ezidikhan, its people or its resources. Barzani’s words and actions are in violatio...

Bones, suspected to belong to members of Iraq's Yazidi community, are seen in a mass grave on the outskirts of the town of Sinjar, November 30, 2015.

Ezidikhan Investigative Team on Genocide Established

by Patrick Harriganon 2019-01-13
Prime Minister Barjis Soso Kalaf has designated as Senior Investigator for the team Mr. Abo Sunds Aliafry, a legal investigator with fifteen years experience. Mr. Aliafry began organizing the investigative team in late December 2018 and plans to begin the work of the Team in January 2019.