On March 30, the Klaipeda community had an opportunity to learn about the genocide of the Yazidis. Many people are not aware of what the Yazidis have had to go through as a result of persecution from ISIS. During the opening of the exhibition “Moments from Yazidi Life in Khanke Camp” representatives of the Yazidi community shared their heartbreaking stories.
A few Yazidi young women, including Zina Salim Hassan, had an opportunity to take part in a project organized by UNICEF and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They received cameras and took part in photography workshops. Before arriving at the camp Zina had a dream of becoming a doctor, but the project affected her in a profound way. She is now intending to become a photojournalist so she can tell the stories of Yazidi women, who are often forced into sex slavery or are being killed. Zina and four other young Yazidi women captured their experiences in Khanke camp, and this photographic work was exhibited at the National Roman Museum MAXXI in January this year.
LCC International University brought “Moments from Yazidi Life in Khanke Camp” to Lithuania. During the official opening Zina spoke about the trauma she and her family had to experience. A special guest, Dimitri Pirbari, the Chairman of the Spiritual Council of Yezidis in Georgia, shared personal as well historical facts about the genocide of the Yazidi people. “The Yazidis are peaceful people. If you look at our history, and it started during ancient times, you will not find a single mentioning of the Yazidis attacking or killing anyone,”explained Pirbari.
Together with the Yazidi students, LCC students from Syria spoke about what they had to go through as a result of war.
“When war started my family tried to stay in Aleppo, but it was impossible. We moved to a nearby town and lived there for sometime even though there were no electricity or any basic supplies. I was 21. I wanted to study, to have a career. So I moved first to Lebanon and then to Turkey, where I learned about LCC International University. More than a millionpeople have already died in Syria. Thousands are trying to escape. We, LCC students from Syria and Iraq, feel exceptionally lucky and we are endlessly grateful to everyone who helped us,” shared Milad Kallas, an LCC student from Syria.
“Thanks to LCC’s MiddleEast ScholarsProgram these young people now have an opportunity to create a better life,” said Aistė Motekaitienė, LCC’s Vice President of Marketing.
LCC International University is grateful to students from Syria and Iraq for opening up and sharing their personal stories with the public. Special thanks to everyone who made this exhibition possible.