Yazidism, a peace-loving religion born in the Middle East thousands of years ago, is one of the oldest faith traditions in the world. Ages-old traditions revolve around Yazidism’s place of origin, the Shingal region of northern Iraq. But in 2014, Yazidis were forced to flee their homeland due to genocide at the hands of ISIS.
This project by Aline Lindemann and Tariq Tarey seeks to celebrate the strength of Yazidi people, share the beauty of their traditions, honor the history that led to Yazidism in the present, and document a religion undergoing rapid change across multiple continents.
Lindemann and Tarey met while distributing humanitarian aid to refugees in Greece in October 2016 during what is commonly known as the “Syrian refugee crisis”. They were warmly embraced and forever touched by the Yazidi people they met and decided to work together to tell their stories. All photographs and stories are gathered from conversations with Yazidi people who very much want their traditions to live on.
REFUGEE: a person who must flee a home environment so dangerous that staying would result in persecution, torture or death.