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Marta Soler-Gallart
Jochen Mayerl
Kathrin Komp-Leukkunen

Thesis Spotlights – Social Resilience and Negotiation of the Yazidi Survivors of the Islamic State in Germany

Issue 45: Pandemic (Im)Possibilities vol. 1 Tue 2 Jun 2020 0

Mais Masadeh, PhD candidate, Germany

Email: mais.masadeh [at]
Institution: Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict [IFHV], Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Time: October 2016 – September 2020
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Ludger Pries, Fakultät für Sozialwissenschaft, Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Funding: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

On 3 August 2014, the terrorist organisation identifying as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS] conducted strategic and organised attacks in the Sinjar region of northern Iraqi-Kurdistan, with the intent to persecute and eliminate the Yazidi people, an ethnoreligious group residing in the area. The genocide against the Yazidi population led to the expulsion, flight, and exile of approximately 300,000 persons from their homeland, while an estimated 6,800 people, mostly women and children, were kidnapped by the terrorist organisation. Mos