|Images of Yazidi children.|
by Max Kaeser
Being a direct descendant of Yazidis, through my paternal lineage, the call of the blood, the call of the Heimat, the call of my own people is strong. My grandfather's last name was and still is El Yazidi, and being the man I am – a Yazidi born in Africa – it pains me to see and hear all the stories of how the daughters of my ethnicity are enslaved, sold for sex slaves, consumed in their captivity to death because of their religion, because of the way they look, at the hands of Islamic Jihadists.
"Radical Islam," they say. "Not all of them are the same," they insist. But apart from the virtuous Shia Muslims, most of them are truly, deep inside, the same.
It is not only Wahhabist ISIS, but the Gulf Arabs also are too part of it. The Wahhabist Arabs trade in the daughters of my people, exploiting their weakness and need for refuge in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.
|“Because of their unique physical attributes |
and syncretic religious doctrine, the Yazidis
are the most persecuted ethnic minority in
the Middle East.” UNHCR
It is the call of the blood and the fatherland that galvanizes my genes. I long contemplated and thought of taking arms, to be part of those who went there before me in the fight against the Islamic State. However, I have settled my mind and heart on rather contributing to their salvation by collecting funds and spreading the word athwart the globe for mankind to see and hear their tormented voices, till the day comes, the day of the rope.
This is a segment from an article by the Daily Mail published 14 August 2014, detailing the aims of ISIS in targeting the Yazidi women:
Fears are growing for the 300 Yazidi women reportedly kidnapped by Islamic State fighters last week amid claims they would be used to bear children to break up the ancient sect’s bloodline.
The minority group is originally Aryan and has retained a fairer complexion, blonde hair and blue eyes by only marrying within the community.
But in a furious bid to convert all non-Muslims, ISIS jihadists have vowed to impregnate the hostages. Some 45,000 Yazidi refugees have finally been able to escape from Mount Sinjar after U.S. air strikes and a fightback by Kurdish forces appeared to have broken the ten-day siege by Islamic militants. However, as the women remain trapped, Kurdish militia are calling on Western forces to give them arms rather than plotting rescue missions.
Addressing the kidnapping, Adnan Kochar, chairman of the Kurdish Cultural Centre in London, told MailOnline: ‘The Kurds and Yazidis are originally Aryans. But because the Yazidis are such a closed community they have retained a fairer complexion, blonder hair and bluer eyes. They don’t marry non-Yazidis.
The Yazidis adhere to a 4,000-year-old faith passed down and adapted through the generations by word of mouth and composed of elements of several religions.
But they are unjustly regarded as ‘devil worshippers’ on account of their unusual beliefs, which derive from the ancient faith called Zoroastrianism, the religion of Persia long before Islam arrived.
Successive waves of persecution – they claim to have survived 72 genocides – by the Ottoman Turkish rulers of what is now Iraq, by Saddam Hussein and now by Islamic militants, have reduced the number of Yazidi from millions to an estimated 700,000.
A Yazidi family during the siege of the homelands in the Sinjar Mounts.
Maxwell Kaeser, a descendant of the Yazidis born in Africa, is author of the military sci-fi novel The Rhevireon Chronicle: The Ascent of the West, and founder of the right-wing publication The Western Hertz.