Sunday, 16 April 2017
THE INDIGENOUS DEMOCRACY DEFENCE ORGANIZATION (IDDO) OFFICIALLY RECOGNISES EZIDIKHAN - HOMELAND OF THE OPPRESSED PRE-ISLAMIC YEZIDI PEOPLE AND PLEDGES TO HELP REBUILD AND DEFEND IT
Controversial and outspoken Caribbean Indigenous Rights leader & Chairman of the Defence Committee of the Indigenous Democracy Defence Organization (which he co-founded) - Mr Damon Gerard Corrie (a Barbados born descendant heir of Lokono-Arawak Eagle Clan leadership in Guyana, South America)....has responded to the 14th April 2017 Press Release from northern Iraq by Spiritual Leader of the Yezidis Baba Sheikh in a remarkable two-fold way.
By firstly, having the Indigenous Democracy Defence Organization (IDDO) officially recognising the existence of the Sovereign Status of Ezidikhan as the inherent and undeniable homeland of the Yezidi People....and secondly, by pledging to PERSONALLY assist the Yezedi People in the rebuilding of their homeland and in the military defence of it.
Mr Corrie said: "I am willing to personally meet with his Excellency Baba Sheik and sign an article of alliance with him between the IDDO and the Yezedi People, and commit ourselves to assisting the Yezedi People with the rebuilding AND the military defence of Ezidikhan with volunteers from our own worldwide allied Indigenous Tribal Nations, as we have persons with every skill set required - from skilled construction workers - to ex-militarily trained professionals - to complete the task of Nation building; and this will give us useful additional valuable experience we may need to apply in our own regions in the future....and we hope that when our Yezidi brothers and sisters in the diaspora see how NON-Yezedis are willing to risk our lives to secure THEIR Freedom - that it will inspire our Yezidi brothers and sister to fight HARDER for their own liberation...and be willing to assist us if we ever require the same kind of assistance one day in the future"
THE YEZEIDI PRESS-RELEASE BELOW THAT PROMPTED THE DECISION BY THE IDDO :
LALISH, Nineveh, Iraq. April 14, 2017
Iraq’s beleaguered Yezidi minority, long targeted by Islamic fundamentalists for its pre-Islamic beliefs and now caught between murderous ISIS extremists to one side and feuding Kurdish militias to the other, has been urged by its spiritual leader not to abandon their ancient homeland, but to begin planning to return and rebuild it.
On August 3rd 2014, ISIS militants attacked and took over Sinjar, a Kurdish-controlled town in northern Iraq that was predominantly inhabited by Yezidis. According to the UN 5,000 Yezidi men were executed and thousands are still missing. Furthermore, more than 3,500 Yezidi women have been kidnapped by ISIS (also known as Daesh), and there have been multiple reports of sexual violence against Yezidi women living in ISIS-controlled areas.
Lately, rivalries among feuding Kurdish militias have erupted into armed clashes, and Yezidis are caught in the middle.
Amid concern that substantial numbers of Yezidis may seek temporary or permanent refuge abroad, the supreme spiritual leader of the Yezidis, Khurto Hajji Ismail, best known as the Baba Sheikh, has assured Yezidis that efforts are underway to restore peace and security.
“We are actively pursuing policies to build Ezidikhan for the return of Yezidis who wish to return to a secure homeland.”
“We spoke with the French, with the Germans, with Washington. We went to Moscow," the Baba Sheikh said, adding that “efforts are underway to seek out support for Ezidikhan, the Yezidi Nation.”
“Bright days lie ahead for Yezidis,” said the Baba Sheikh, “especially for those who defend and develop Shingal and the traditions of our ancestors.”
“There will be justice and peace for all first peoples, beginning with Yezidis,” the Yezidi pontiff predicts, remarkably in light of the history of injustice directed at Yezidis.
More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015 alone, sparking a crisis as countries struggled to cope with the influx, and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling people. A mass return of Yezidis to Ezidikhan not only prevents the extinction of one of the world’s most remarkable and tolerant cultures, but is also a responsible solution to refugee pressures in Europe.
The Yezidi leadership stands firmly committed to the return of Yezidis from their refugee status around the world.