"Yes, our lives have changed overnight in a way we can hardly understand" - Nadia Murad, 2018 Nobel Peace Prize
In the wake of the genocide
When ISIS invaded the Sinjar region, Ezidis fled by drove to the Sinjar mountain as it was the safest place they could reach in a short amount of time.
There, they were subject to constant attacks by the terrorist group settled at the bottom of the mountain, the lack of water and food, obliging few people to go back to their villages to bring supplies.
After one week of hardship, a humanitarian corridor was open to allow survivors to go in Syria but even there, they were attacked by ISIS, launching rockets to prevent their escape. Survivors were able to escape to Syria and stayed in the refugee camp of Nowroz.
The Ezidis who fled were soon relocated to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, into Internally Displaced Persons camps where most of them are still living up to this day. Farhad and his family were moved to the Internally Displaced People Khanke camp.
There, Farhad Shamo Roto and his friend, Suleiman Shukur decided to become active in support of their community. They started volunteering with several local and international organizations operating in the camps and offering relief to the many displaced Ezidis and other minorities.
Working for the greater good
Since August 2014, Farhad and Suleiman never stopped working to defend the Ezidi cause.
Among many projects and activities that they implemented as volunteers, they especially worked on the creation of Youth Centers in Khanki and the launching of the Women Empowerment Program to assist the most vulnerable groups after the tragedy that took place.
They also collaborated with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), other international organizations and UN agencies and journalists to spread the word about what happened to the Ezidi community and ensure that they will not be forgotten.
Doing these volunteering missions, Farhad and Suleiman started thinking about the creation of their own organization, that could fill the gaps by participating in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the Ezidis in Iraq, and spread awareness about the genocide to demande justice, accountability and reparations.