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It was the fall of 2014. In a dusty make-shift tent in Northern Iraq, Düzen Tekkal sat alongside a girl, 19 years of age, who looked beyond her years. A mere days before she had escaped slavery at the hands of ISIS. Seven of her family members were dead. Her village was destroyed. This girl was Nadia Murad, winner of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. 

The massacre in the summer of 2014 against the Yazidi people in Sinjar resulted in the death of more than 5,000 Yazidis, and the capture of more than 8,000 Yazidi women and children, who would subsequently be used as sex slaves and child-soldiers. Numbering one million people world- wide the Yazidi community is a Kurdish minority, which follows its own monotheistic religion that is passed on through oral tradition and song. As the crisis unfolded in Northern Iraq, HAWAR.help founder Düzen Tekkal, sprung into action.

Born in Hannover, Germany as the daughter of Yazidi refugees from Turkey, Düzen flew to Northern Iraq that summer to report on what was happening to her people. Turned war reporter overnight, what she experienced would change her life and the life of her family forever.

Upon returning to Germany and after sharing her experience with her sister Tezcan, they committed their lives to ensuring that the world would know what was happening to their people and to making sure that such horrors would never happen again. Düzen then produced and released the documentary “HAWAR- My Journey to Genocide”, which would subsequently be shown around the world. This marked the beginning of HAWAR.help. 

If you are interested in viewing the entire “Hawar- My Journey to Genocide” film please email info@hawar.help. We kindly ask for a small donation in exchange for the film to continue to support our work.