THE HÁWAR STORY
In 2017, ISIS survivor and HAWAR ambassador, Najlaa Matto stood on the floor of the United Nations and courageously proclaimed, “I am strong, I am stronger than ISIS”. Few would have imaged that a mere three years after ISIS destroyed her village in Sinjar, Iraq, killed 48 of her family members, and sold her as a sex slave, she would be heard on the floor of the UN.
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.
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