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 the story in this feature by Glynis Ratcliffe from our March 2020 issue.
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Denise & Linden Holmen says:
Congratulations to Emma Prestwich for winning the Amnesty International award for her short video on the Yazidis refugees. Well done!