Yezidis celebrate New Year, Red Wednesday, amid calls for protection and justice

BETH NAHRIN — On 17 April, as the Yezidi community commemorates their New Year, known as Çarşema Sor (Red Wednesday), the Democratic Autonomous Administration of the Region of North and East Syria (DAARNES) extended warm wishes while advocating for justice and protection for the Yezidi people across Beth Nahrin (Mesopotamia).

Çarşema Sor is a sacred occasion commemorating creation, rebirth, and the genesis of the universe itself.

In a statement, DAARNES noted the rich history and unique culture of the Yezidi people, who are deeply rooted in the region.

However, amidst the celebrations, the Administration also solemnly acknowledged the tragic history of the Yezidi people, who have endured massacres and genocide at the hands of extremists and oppressive states.

Emphasizing the urgent need for international intervention, DAARNES called upon the global community and human rights organizations to safeguard the Yezidi community and facilitate their return to their ancestral lands, ensuring legal and international protections to prevent further atrocities.