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The association Voice of Ezidis, co-founded in Paris in 2019 by survivors of the 2014 genocide perpetrated by the so-called Islamic State, is committed to the support of the Ezidi community, both in France, where some refugee families have fled since the beginning of the genocide, and in Iraq, where a lot of Ezidis still reside. Voice of Ezidis defends the rights of the Ezidi people and advocates for the awareness and recognition of the genocide it endured in 2014.
Our organization is strongly involved in the sponsorship, settling and protection of refugee Ezidi women and children in France. Voice Of Ezidis assists newcomers in their access to services, promotes the rights of children and youth and helps in refugee resettlement.
Since 2014, the number of Ezidis refugees in France and Europe has been increasing. The particular case of religious minorities in the Middle East during the so-called Islamic State’s territorial expansion indeed got the attention of European leaders, with some of them launching special admission programs for the survivors. This was the case in France, where President Emmanuel Macron, responding to the call of Nobel Peace Prize Nadia Murad, decided to welcome 100 Ezidi families in 2018.
2018 Nobel Peace Prize Nadia Murad and French President Emmanuel Macron. October 25, 2018. @lepictorium_agency/FB
Voice of Ezidis’ goal thus is to offer Ezidi refugees and host communities a space to meet, exchange and discover one another, learning about their respective cultures, history and traditions.
While this represents a great opportunity for the survivors to rebuild themselves in a safer environment, the program is at the image of the whole refugee system in France - defective. Many refugees were left months without any French classes and too few actions are led to integrate these families in their new communities.
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