In the aftermath of terrible events in Paris I came across an article about Yazidi women which many of you must have already seen. Headed by a Yazidi singer, the Yazidi women formed an all-female fighting unit to take revenge on ISIS for forcing their sisters into sexual slavery and beheading their brothers.
The Sun Girls’ brigade was formed by the renowned Yazidi singer Xate Shingali.
- She has 123 recruits aged between 17 and 30 who all want revenge on ISIS.
- They risk being murdered or held as sex slaves if they are caught by enemy.
- Even the youngest recruit, 17, is not worried about being captured in battle. ISIS has abducted and abused thousands of Yazidi girls from northern Iraq.
The article made me think about the female fighters for freedom who will always stand out and make a difference not matter what century or country we live in. Like women fighters during the Civil War in Barcelona in 1936. The whole world was impressed by their courage so much it was unusual to see women fightig together with men. More than 80 years later we continue to be impressed these time by the Yazidi women.
Images @Owen Holdaway and @DA Kobane A NOI