Dawlat Abouna, churchwarden of St George’s, reports on a moving event.
St. George’s in Baghdad in cooperation with the National Diversity Organisation held a Yazidi festival on Thursday 5 July. It was in special solidarity with Yazidi girls who survived ISIS.
The celebration began with a speech by Fr Faiz Jerjes, the parish priest, who then interviewed two of the girls. Members of the audience were greatly moved as the girls talked about their suffering during the three years they spent in captivity.
Those present heard about Yazidi religion as well as the tragedy experienced by the community during the period of ISIS occupation with its killings, sales of girls in markets, and indescribable torture.
A show of Yazidi folkloric dance followed, and all were able to view an exhibition of photographs and a display of traditional food.
The festival was attended by the Deputy Head of Mission at the British embassy, Shi’i and Sunni sheikhs, and several general directors from the Office of Religious Endowments, as well as people from Iraq’s different communities.
At the end of the festival everyone prayed to the Lord to end the crisis of remaining Yazidi prisoners.