Ezidiis Genocide Remembrance Even Wednesday August 14th, 2019 at 6:45pm-8:30pm in Vancouver

On behalf of the Kurdish House , I would like to invite you to attend: Ezidiis Genocide Remembrance Event
I will be the MC of the event with line up of incredible speakers.

Please come and bring friends and family on Wednesday August 14th, 2019 at 6:45pm-8:30pm
Location:
Simon Fraser University
—SFU Downtown Campus (Room 7000)
555 W. Hastings St. Vancouver | BC V6B 1M1

This event is taking place on the traditional, unceded territories

of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish)

& xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

ماڵی كورد، یادی پێنجەمین ساڵڕۆژی جینۆسایدی كوردانی ئێزیدی دەكاتەوە ، لەڤانكۆڤەر -كەنەدا بەهاوکاری و سپۆنسەری زانكۆی( ئێس ئێف یوو )
لە مەراسیمێكی تایبەتدا، یادی جینۆسایدی كوردە ئێزدییەکان بەرز ڕادەگرێ.

ڕۆژی 14-8-2019 ماڵی كورد ،لیژنەی جینۆسایدو ئەنفال، لەشاری فانکۆڤەر/کەنەدا، مەراسیمێکی تایبەت بەجینۆسایدی كوردە ئێزدییەکان سازدەکات.
لەم مەراسیمەدا، چەندین خەڵکی شارەزاو پسپۆر، بەشداری دەکەن و قسەوباس و لێكۆڵینەوە دەکەن، لە ڕووی سیاسی ، کلتووری ،کۆمەڵایەتی و دەروونیەکانی تاوانەکە.
تیشک دەخەنە سەر زۆر لایەنی شاراوەی تاوانەکە، هەڵوێست گرتن لەسەر نامرۆڤانەترین و وەحشیانەترین ڕەفتاری داعش، دەرهەق بە ژنان ، منداڵان ،كوڕو كچان و پیاوان و بەساڵاچوانی كوردی ئێزدی لەوێنەیەكی تراژیدیادا، دەخەنە ڕوو .
ماڵی كورد، داوا لەڕەوەندی كوردی شاری فانکۆفەرو دەوروبەری دەكات، كە لەم مەراسیمە تایبەت و گرنگەدا ئامادەبن و ڕۆڵیان هەبێت .
Honour us with your presence!
On behalf of the Kurdish House , we would like to invite you to attend: Kurdish Eezidi Genocide Remembrance Event .
شوێن. و كاتی مەراسیمەكە :
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Location : Simon Fraser University
—SFU Downtown Campus ( Room 7000 )
Address: 555 W. Hastings St. Vancouver BC
Date : Wednesday,August 14th ,2019
Time :7:15-9:00pm.
سوپاس بۆ ئامادەبوونتان
ماڵی كورد

All photos taken from google images. Non of the photos are mine. I am only using them to highlight the plight and the horror the Yezidi people suffered in the hand of isis

Copied information from Facebook:
Office statistics of the rescue of Yazidi abductees, stated below, as the result of the heinous crimes committed by the terrorists of the organization; Islamic State in Iraq and the Sham (ISIS). The numbers against the Yazidis, since 03-08-2014:
*These statistics are approved by the United Nations.
– The number of Yezidis in Iraq: 550,000 people.
– The number of people displaced by an invasion is approximately 360,000.
– The number of martyrs in the first days of the invasion 1,293.
The number of orphans produced by the invasion: 2,745.
– The number of mass graves discovered in Shingal has so far been 80. In addition to dozens of individual cemetery sites.
– The number of religious shrines that have been bombed by: 68.
– The number of those who emigrated outside the country is estimated at more than 100,000.

*Number of abductees 6,417. Of which:
Females: 3,548
Males: 2,869

*The numbers of survivors following the tragedy is as follows:

Total: 3509 of which:
Women: 1192
Men: 337
Girls: 1033
Boys: 947

Missing to now: 2908
Female: 1323
Males: 1585

According to the statistics of the Office of the rescue of the kidnapped Yezidis, and their sources approved, where the last update on
01 -08 -2019.

This event is taking place on the traditional, unceded territories
of the səәlil̓wəәtaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish)

Federation of BC Writers is hosting (Summer of Inclusion) Saturday July 27, 2019 1- 3pm

Please join Artists Helping Artists and the Federation of BC Writers for a special Poetry Open Mic. Happening on Saturday July 27th from 1- 3PM at Artists Helping Artists studio to celebrate a “Summer of Inclusion”, this FREE event is open to everyone!

The featured poets will be sharing their poetry and prose inspired by the summer season and the concept of “Inclusion” followed by an open mic for the audience to share their own works. They encourage an interactive evening for artists and audience to foster an appreciation of the space and the words coming together to create a memorable and engaging evening.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE!

Our Featured Poets

Cynthia Sharp is the Federation of BC Writers Greater Vancouver Regional Rep and a full member of The League of Canadian Poets. The author of Rainforest in Russet, she’s featured at The Vancouver International Writer’s Festival, Word Vancouver, The SFU Reading Series, The Vancouver Pubic Library, YVR Authors, Words on Fire in Port Alberni, The Writers Read Series in Toronto, Poesic Fest in Denver and events through North America and been published and broadcast internationally.

Lara Varesi is president of Burnaby Writers’ Society and organizes and hosts the Society’s reading series Spoken INK. Lara has been fortunate to host and feature at many events, and is currently lost in what feels like the never-ending process of writing and editing with the goal of completing her first poetry manuscript.

Adriane Giberson is a wordsmith and an artist. A Montreal native, she moved to Vancouver by way of California and has been getting her feet wet in the Pacific Northwest since 2009. An alumni of Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio Online program, she is currently working on a collection of poetry and fictional pieces in the form of short stories and a novel (or two). Her artwork has been published in Collaborative Art Journals and Shared Visions in Mixed Media by L.K. Ludwig.

Melody Owen grew up in Ontario on a small family beef cattle farm until she was eleven. After moving to the city, her family fell apart, as did her world. The Devil’s Daughter tells the difficult story of those times with honesty, courage and humour. Melody now lives in Vancouver, BC, with her two lovely daughters. She heads up YVR Authors, supporting local authors as they write, publish and promote their books.

Vancouver author, poet, songwriter Bill Arnott is the bestselling author of Dromomania and Gone Viking: A Travel Saga. Bill’s Indie Folk CD is Studio 6. His work is published in Canada, the US, the UK, Europe and Asia. His column Poetry Beat is published by the League of Canadian Poets and the Federation of BC Writers. Bill has a 2019 poetry prize from Pandora’s Collective and is shortlisted for the Whistler Independent Book Awards 2019 with Gone Viking.

https://www.realisticpoetry.com/single-post/2019/07/16/More-than-a-poet-Author-Lozan-Yamolky-speaks-with-the-sincere-voice-of-a-humanitarian?fbclid=IwAR2Re_eIRpvUPInUZv-Xz9DOKjxE06Nv-fjn6ohkYeQ8t7HfmyCWnFVZsmk

Lozan Yamolky is Canadian-Kurdish from Northern Iraq. She immigrated to Canada in 1995 and started reciting and writing new poetry in the fall of 2013 through open mic events. She is a freelance English, Kurdish and Arabic interpreter. Her debut poetry book, I’m No Hero, published by Silver Bow, was launched in 2016, followed by her collection Counting Waves. Her Latest poetry collection was Self-Published and soft launched in February 2019 (Dreamers Needed).

“Go Back to Where You Came From”

©Lozan Yamolky
From Book: I’m No Hero
Published in 2016 through Silver Bow Publishing

He shouted,

“Go back to where you came from.

Get back on the boat!”

I cannot,” I said.

Where I come from

they would marry me to a man

as old as my grandfather.

They would stone me to death

for being in love.

They would drag me

through streets till I die,

because I am not heterosexual.

They would ostracize me

for being of a different faith.

They would hack me with machetes

in the streets,

for not believing in their God.

I cannot go back to where I came from,

because they would behead me for refusing

to join their religion.

They would gang rape me

for debts my family cannot pay.

They would shoot me

while I am on the bus,

because they do not want girls

to go to school.

They would make me work at age five.

They would humiliate me

and publicly torture me

for being born third gender.

Where I come from,

they would assassinate me

for standing up for women’s rights.

They would publically flog me,

hundreds of times,

for blogging online

about freedom of religion.

They would dismember my body

for not wearing religious garments.

They would cut off my hand

for stealing food to feed my hungry family.

Where I come from,

they charge me with apostasy

and sentence me to death

for writing poetry.

They would force me

to join their army

or be killed.

Where I come from,

they would buy and sell me

just like property;

I am their sex slave.

They would chain and imprison me

just because I am a girl.

They do not let me speak my mind,

they do not let me be free;

I can no longer be a child.

Where I come from,

they took my ancestors’ lands,

my family’s homes

and threw us to the streets.

Where I come from,

I am no longer allowed

to live in my land

because they gave my land away

and even gave it a new name.

I cannot go back to where I came from

because I am deformed since birth;

I just sit on sidewalks

begging for my daily bread.

The bombs disabled me.

Fear paralyzed me.

Chemical weapons blinded my sight.

Shouting and screaming

at the loss of my people muted me.

The fires burned my flesh alive.

I am deaf from the sounds of

bombs:

bullets,

explosions,

guns,

mortar shells,

air strikes,

and… and… and…

I cannot go back to where I came from.

Where I came from,

the war is not going to stop,

because weapon makers

are profiting.

I cannot get back on the boat

because it sank.

With it,

sank my hopes and my dreams,

my aspirations and my future;

my illusion of peace.

I can’t go back to where I came from you see

– but you can!

You can go back

to being tolerant of others;

back to having empathy and

compassion for those around you.

You can go back

to the time before you were taught

– to hate.

©Lozan Yamolky
From Book: I’m No Hero
Published in 2016 through Silver Bow Publishing

To purchase your copy of my book, contact the publisher http://www.silverbowpublishing.com/i-m-no-hero-.html

Or you may contact me directly so I can ship you a copy or more.

Summer of Inclusion on Saturday 7/27/2019 1-3pm

You are invited to join us:

Please join Artists Helping Artists and the Federation of BC Writers for a special Poetry Open Mic. Happening on Saturday July 27th from 1- 3PM at Artists Helping Artists studio to celebrate a “Summer of Inclusion”, this FREE event is open to everyone!

The featured poets will be sharing their poetry and prose inspired by the summer season and the concept of “Inclusion” followed by an open mic for the audience to share their own works. They encourage an interactive evening for artists and audience to foster an appreciation of the space and the words coming together to create a memorable and engaging evening.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE!

Lozan Yamolky is Canadian-Kurdish from Northern Iraq. She immigrated to Canada in 1995 and started reciting and writing poetry in the fall of 2013 through open mic events. She is a freelance English, Kurdish and Arabic interpreter. Her debut poetry book, I’m No Hero, published by Silver Bow, was launched in 2016, followed by her collection Counting Waves that was launched in 2017.
Her latest book Dreamers Needed was self-published through McNally Robinson was soft launched in February 2019 after her traumatic brain injury that she sustained from a car crash in November 2018.


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Dreamers Needed Book Review by Realistic Poetry International

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Dreamers Needed ​ by Author Lozan Yamolky Reviewed by Realistic Poetry International

More than a poet, Author Lozan Yamolky speaks with the sincere voice of a humanitarian who cares for much more than herself in our world in her epic collection of poems, ​Dreamers Needed. With passionately expressed poetic tributes that highlight a variety of diverse topics, there is one encompassing theme we notice recurring throughout this collection that undeniably stands out above all: ​love.

With plenty of hardships and challenges to go around in a single lifetime, there are also plenty of lessons to be learned. Bridges to cross. Obstacles to overcome. Pain to bear. Ships to sail. Roads to travel. Oftentimes, the journey can feel overbearing, so much, our emotions become much too heavy for us to carry alone.

But – Author Yamolky, the epitome of a caring, wise soul, teaches the timeless principles of patience, selflessness, kindness, courtesy, truth, faith, and love through the beauty and power of poetry.

Though there are many aspects we enjoy while reading this collection, we are sure any person who reads will appreciate the thorough combination of social, personal, political, and spiritual poems featured throughout the book.

We use the first poem to introduce this book as our primary example entitled, I Am Here; a deeply emotional and moving selection that speaks not for her own self, but rather for the one who is “no longer languishing in a refugee camp,” as she says with strength and courage through the voice of a refugee survivor.

The tone of this poem (and many others) reverberates with boldness and commands the reader’s attention. And while adversity is more than evident, we can clearly see the image of the survivor Author Yamolky vividly paints with intense, deep colors of emotion saying,

“You won’t find me in the abandoned towns, empty schools, playgrounds, or the collapsed hospitals of my homeland,” and then, “You won’t find me on a merciless rocky mountain path overflowing with women and children searching for safety under a brutal hot sun.”

The first-person perspective is effective and does an excellent job in awakening the reader to someone else’s reality, one where the burden of persecution, displacement, and suffering was severe.

Despite this, the Author is diligent in planting seeds of hope, concluding this poignant piece by informing all saying,

“You won’t find me where I use to belong or where I have been lost on the journey…I am here.”

Excelling in technical and creative categories, we believe Author Yamolky is a true quality and prestigious writer and poet who captures both the beauty and pain of life with grace, honesty, and compassion.

The Author uses herself as a vessel for positive change and testifies through her poetry in touching selections such as “A Mother’s Love,” A Living Miracle,” and one of our favorites, “Guilt Remover.”

Beyond inspiring, Author Yamolky instills in us the necessity and importance of visionaries and dreamers, to lead, initiate positive change, and to speak out and up about the injustices of this world. In the featured poem, “Dreamers Needed,” she firmly expresses her belief that “our world today is silencing truth tellers; dumbing down children, making them conform like soldiers sent to battle, obeying even unlawful orders to commit war crimes and dehumanize hurting people who suffer the consequences of the greedy few who are destroying the planet for profit.”

Yet and still – she sees a silver lining, a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, saying these few simple words; “dreamers will save us.” The Author makes a good point, indeed!

More of our favorites from this collection include, “Wounds Need Air,” “Cuban Might,” “”over there,” is Here,” and “A Statement.”

We are pleased to present this powerful and heroic collection of poems with a full 5-star rating and believe this book is the perfect choice for all those amped for universal change across the globe.

A leader, truthsayer, and beautiful bright light to others, without a doubt, Author Lozan Yamolky is just the person to get your mind, heart, and soul moving in the right direction to step up to the plate and make a change!

Superior work, Author Yamolky, and Brava!

An ode to a beloved

An Ode To A Beloved

Dedicated to my dear Uncle Serwan Yamolky
©Lozan Yamolky January 26, 2019

I learned from my uncle

that silence is a language,

freedom can enslave you —body and soul,  

and solitude

can be a crowded and noisy place in your mind.

I learned that you can find unmatched beauty

to want and fall in love with

in imperfection,

in brokenness and in pain. 

The God that many of us fear and revere,

is a brilliant artist

and at times a prankster

with a good sense of humor.

I learned that nothing on earth smells sweeter

than the scent of a newborn baby

and nothing is more intoxicating

than a long-drawn-out passionate kiss

from a lover after a long time apart.

He told me that nothing can make you gloomier

than the memory of the voice

of a departed loved one;

that loved one that you wish

would walk through that door… just… one… more… time.
©Lozan Yamolky