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A Yazidi mother & son on an unfinished construction site in KRG

05/01/2017 - 15:16 0
My son's name is Traitor: A story of the Yazidis' unending sorrow

There are some sorrows that are impossible to describe, they cannot be explained or understood. Some sorrows are impossible to perceive, to accept; like a mother naming a piece of herself, her child, “Traitor”.

In the centre of Duhok, a city in Southern Kurdistan, there is a five-storey half-finished construction site, home to Yazidî Kurds. We call it "home" but it is in fact just a skeleton covered in concrete. Unprotected, without any walls and blankets, makeshift wooden fences divide the rooms. The building echoes with the voices of children, a mother oblivious to the cold, is washing her child in a plastic basin on the edge of the third floor. 

Two officers from the United Nations are present for the identification of the women living in the building and to register the children for identification cards. One woman, who is twenty-five years old, has a boy sitting in her lap. The two UN workers begin explaining the purpose of their visit and start asking questions.

The first officer asks the child's name; the mother replies, "My son's name is 'Mixabin.'" To be sure, the reporter asks again, and again receives the same answer: "Mixabin." Which means 'unfortunate' in Kurdish and is used to explain a sense of despair and regret.

The officer shows discomfort with the answer but continues to work.

The other woman is also a young mother and relative of the first woman. Her son, whom she had just bathed, is of the same age as the other child. The second officer starts by asking the child's name in the same way. The answer shocks the officer more than the first response disturbed his colleague.

"My son's name is Xayîn (Traitor)," the woman says.

The officer studies the woman's face, nothing but despondence, sorrow and rebellion; and then turns to look at his co-worker. In anger the woman repeats, "My son's name is Xayîn!"

Date of birth: Summer, 2015!
Place of birth: Raqqa-Syria!
Father's name: ………!
Religion: .............!

The UN officers try to persuade both women to rethink the names they have given their children. They suggest that the names will create major problems for their children in the future. Only one sentence is heard from Xayîn's mother; "The world betrayed us!"

The children are officially registered as Mixabin and Xayin.

These two young women had only been married a few months, when on 3 August 2014 their lives were turned to darkness by black bearded monsters, as they slept peacefully in their village near Sinjar (Shengal). They were both kidnapped, first taken to Mosul and then Raqqa. They cannot explain what they experienced during this time and neither can anyone understand. Every second of every single day was torture, rape, barbarity...!

And amongst all this barbarity, the birth of two children...

Although Mixabin's mother says the only thing that kept her alive in that hell was her child, she thinks that this name will be a symbol of her suffering. Mixabin and Xayîn's mothers will suffer every time they look at their children, their pain will last for as long as they live! But what about those sinless children...

Both women escaped Daesh (ISIS) in June 2016 and arrived in Southern Kurdistan. They still do not know what happened to their husbands, their fathers, their siblings, and whether they are alive or not.

The genociding of the Yazidi Kurds in August 2014 did not resemble the 72. other genocides they have faced. Although there were mass killings like the other genocides, in no other genocide were women & girls sold into the sex slave markets and children kidnapped to be raised as suicide bombers. This time, we don’t even know the number of missing girls, women and children!

Two and a half years have passed since this atrocity, but the pain remains the same, maybe even heavier now, the victims now live more miserably than ever before, still waiting to be granted entry into Europe, still living in parks, camps and on unfinished construction sites, half hungry and only half alive. 

3,500 women and children are still in the hands of the dirty black-bearded barbarians as prisoners. More than 1000 women have been saved. A large majority of survivors are currently in Germany and are being treated for injuries and experiences that have no remedy. Like the two young mothers who bore Mixabin and Xayîn, hundreds of them are still living silently in the unfinished construction sites and camps of Southern Kurdistan.

But the only solution the Kurdistan Democratic Party Party (KDP), the largest party in Southern Kurdistan, can find to this suffering is to demand that the “PKK leave Sinjar!" 

They have not stopped at this either and yesterday (3 Jan) without justification, shut down the offices of YAZDA, a charity organisation supported by Nadia Murad, a survivor of the ISIS sex slave trade and Sakharov Peace Prize Winner, that helps Yazidis.

"Mixabin...!"

Source: Yeni Ozgur Politika


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