Who are the Yazidis?

Who are the Yazidis? The vast majority of Yazidis are found in northern Iraq, in and around the city of Sinjar. It is estimated that there are approximately 1.5 million individuals worldwide who adhere to the beliefs of Yazidism. Yazidism is a complex theology, and like all religions, is hard to sum up in a […]

The Plight of the Yazidi People

Today, on the second anniversary of the brutal attack in Iraq known as the Sinjar Massacre, my thoughts are with the Yazidi people who had been displaced by the barbarism of ISIS. Two years ago, early in the morning, ISIS launched an attack on the town of Sinjar, the historic home of the Yazidi people […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 6

We cannot forget the Rohingya at this time.  7 months ago, in February 2015, Abdul, a 30-year old Rohingya, left his home and family in Myanmar and travelled by boat to Malaysia in hopes of securing a job and being able to provide a better life for him and his family. On his journey, he recounted […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 5

Habibullah is a 46-year old Rohingya. He lives with his family in a wooden house in Aung Minglar, a ghetto in Sittwe, Myanmar where thousands of Rohingya are confined. As discussed in prior posts, Aung Minglar is separated from the rest of Sittwe. Where the rest of the city has basic electricity and day-to-day living […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 4

Habibullah is a 46-year old Rohingya. He lives with his family in a wooden house in Aung Minglar, a ghetto in Sittwe, Myanmar where thousands of Rohingya are confined. As discussed in prior posts, Aung Minglar is separated from the rest of Sittwe. Where the rest of the city has basic electricity and day-to-day living […]

Where is Syria Today?

As Syria enters its fifth year of warfare, the situation only keeps getting worse and worse. Syria, a relatively small country in the Middle East that borders Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine, and Israel, is embroiled in an immensely complex war that finds its roots in Syria’s history and foreign policy. On the one hand, […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 3

Shobirahman Amir Hossin is an 18-year-old Myanmar Rohingya. Shobirahman and his two sisters were living without their parents in an unsafe village in Narekoh, Rakhine for 7 years. In this village Shobirahman and his sisters were prevented from going to the mosque and school. They were also routinely mistreated by the Myanmar authorities. Shobirahman explained […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 2

I would like to recount to you the heart-wrenching story of 10-year-old Mohammad Aesop and his 8-year-old sister Untas, two Rohingya Muslims who lost their mother to a machete attack in their native land of Burma. Their father, working in a menial job in Malaysia, paid a broker to send his children to Malaysia via […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya

I would like to introduce you to Hussein Ahmed. Hussein is a 12-year-old Rohingya boy from Myanmar. Three years ago his father was killed in an act of violence against the Rohingya Muslims. He has lived alone with his mother in a camp near Sittwe, trying to make basic ends meet — food and water […]

One Family Torn Apart is one too many: World Refugee Day 2014

50 million people worldwide are either refugees or internally displaced, this is an overwhelming number. All refugees have lost their country, but each of us has a different story. Some of us are extremely lucky and have found a new home here in Canada, however many are still suffering. This past Friday June 20th, I attended […]