The World Has Forgotten Us: Sinjar and the Islamic State’s Genocide of the Yezidis (Paperback)

The World Has Forgotten Us: Sinjar and the Islamic State’s Genocide of the Yezidis By Thomas Schmidinger Cover Image

The World Has Forgotten Us: Sinjar and the Islamic State’s Genocide of the Yezidis (Paperback)

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The persecution of the Yezidis, a religious community originating in Upper Mesopotamia, has been ongoing since at least the 10th century. On 3 August 2014, Islamic State attacked the Yezidi community in Sinjar, Kurdistan. Thousands were enslaved or killed in this genocide, and 100,000 people fled to Mount Sinjar, permanently exiled from their homes.

Here, Thomas Schmidinger talks to the Yezidis in Iraq who tell the history of their people, why the genocide happened and how it affects their lives today. This is the first full account of these events, as told by the Yezidis in their own words, to be published in English.

The failure of the Kurdistan Peshmerga of the PDK in Iraq to protect the Yezidis is explored, as is the crucial support given by the Syrian-Kurdish YPG. This multi-faceted and important history brings the fight and trauma of the Yezidis back into focus, calling for the world to remember their struggle.

Thomas Schmidinger is a Political Scientist and Cultural Anthropologist based at the University of Vienna. He is Secretary General of the Austrian Association for Kurdish studies. He is the author of Rojava, which received the Mezlum Bagok award.
Product Details ISBN: 9780745346052
ISBN-10: 0745346057
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication Date: March 20th, 2022
Pages: 288
Language: English
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