Topics: Ethical Living | Society

VIDEO: Yazidi refugees farm again thanks to a gift of land

After trauma and displacement, many are now putting down new roots in fresh soil

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Thousands of Yazidi people faced unspeakable horrors when the Islamic State forced them to flee their ancestral homeland in Iraq in 2014. Thanks to a multi-faith sponsorship effort in Winnipeg called Operation Ezra, many refugees have resettled in the city and are starting to rebuild their lives. But the Yazidis, a religious minority, are also farmers, and some wondered if they’d have a chance to work on the land again. Thanks to a generous donation of land, refugees have been planting and harvesting vegetables on a farm just outside of the city.

In the video below, you can meet some of the participants and hear what the farming project has meant to them.

You can also read more about this story in the upcoming March issue of Broadview. Watch for it in early February!

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