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 […]

The International Day of Peace: What Does it Mean for Syria? 

On September 21, 2015, in Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, International Cooperation, Syria, United Nations, by senjaffer

  On the 21st of September of every year, the world observes the International Day of Peace, a day dedicated towards spreading and promoting the ideals and importance of peace. However as violence, war, and human rights abuses become more and more prominent around the world, the need and call for peace has never been […]

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, […]

Child Refugees in Syria: Moussa’s Story

Today I want to take a moment to recognize the 1.1 million Syrian refugee children scattered in camps around the Middle East. The Syrian war has been devastating for children, both physically and psychologically. I would like to take a moment to share the story of one of those million refugee children with you. Moussa […]

Syria Conflict: A Bird’s Eye View

The conflict in Syria has now been going on for over 3 years. It has killed over 130,000 and displaced almost two million, half of whom are children. What started out as protests against the dictatorship of President Bashar Al-Assad has grown into an all out civil war between Assad’s troops on the one hand, […]

Ce Noël mes pensées sont avec les réfugiés syriens

On December 19, 2013, in Citizenship and Immigration, Refugees, Syria, by senjaffer

Noël est l’un de mes moments préférés de l’année. Je me fais un plaisir de participer aux festivités et d’apprécier les couleurs de Noël, mais j’aime aussi l’esprit de cette fête. J’aime être réuni avec ma famille, prendre part aux célébrations et échanger des cadeaux et des vœux de bonheur. Mais surtout, Noël est pour […]

This Christmas I’m Thinking of Syrian Refugees

On December 19, 2013, in Citizenship and Immigration, Refugees, Syria, by senjaffer

Christmas is one of my favourite times of year. I love the festivities, the lights and the spirit of the occasion. I love the chance to get together with family, to celebrate and to appreciate one another with gifts and well wishes. Most of all, Christmas allows me sometime to reflect on how fortunate I […]