Yesidi commemoration

About 1000 people gathered at Berlin Alexanderplatz to mourn the genocide of Yazidis on the 03/08/2014 and to march to the Brandenburger Tor.

Yesidi commemoration

A young protester wraps pieces of cloth around his feet as he did one year before fleeing the Islamic State.

Yesidi commemoration

Last year on this day, the Islamic State encircled Shingal, the heartland of Yesidi settlements. Therefore Yesidi communities called for the commemoration of this day.

Yesidi commemoration

The residents had to flee overnight, thousands were slaughtered and enslaved, about 450000 were displaced, making this the worst Yesidi genocide in history.

Yesidi commemoration

The commemoration took place in Berlin and six more cities in Germany and Switzerland.

Yesidi commemoration

This widespread participation was not anticipated by the police, delaying the departure.

Yesidi commemoration

As those who fled often didn't even have time to put on shoes, they wrapped cloth around their feet. In commemoration some participants repeated this.

Yesidi commemoration

The march went about in an orderly, peaceful and highly disciplined manner. Police stayed in the back.

Yesidi commemoration

Final destination of the March was the Brandenburger Tor for one minute's silence to remember those who died or are stilled held by the Islamic State.