BUILDING A PEACEFUL WORLD OUT OF THE ASHES OF GENOCIDE
Welcome. My name is Düzen Tekkal. I am a journalist and human rights activist from Germany, and the founder of HAWAR.help.
As one of eleven children of Yazidi refugees from Turkey, I experienced a life of peace and freedom growing up in Germany. That all changed in 2014, when I traveled to Northern Iraq and witnessed genocide against my own people. What began as a personal journey to find out more about who I was, turned into a mission to ensure that the world was aware of what was happening to my people.
Born out of the ashes of genocide, HAWAR.help is my answer for a better world. Through documentation of the genocide, women’s empowerment projects and educational initiatives we are working to shape a new world in which atrocities like this no longer occur. We hope that you will join us on this journey.
“Great work is being done here with integration through sports to support refugees. Moreover, this work enables the girls to connect with their peers and to find their way in life”
– Angela Merkel, German Chancellor
“I greatly admire and support HAWAR.help’s important work. We are making progress.”
– Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
“It makes me very proud that my Yazidi daughters from Germany have not forgotten where they come from. In light of the tragedy of the genocide, they left their safe home in Germany and came to help their sisters in Iraq.”
– Baba Shek, High Religious Leader of the Yazidis
“Screening the HAWAR.help documentary provides us with an opportunity to show the world that the UN stands in solidarity with every victim of DAESH crimes and every survivor of sexual violence”.
– Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict
“What a story! Scoring Girls shows how integration can really work. Commitment, teamwork. The girls learn a lot at the same time: football, of course, but also self-confidence, team spirit and the German language.”
– Anne Will, German TV Moderator and Journalist