Pari Ibrahim


Pari Ibrahim left Kurdistan with her family when she was three years old, fleeing attacks by the Saddam Hussein regime. She had lived outside the city of Duhok. She now resides with her family in the Netherlands, but will return to Kurdistan in 2015 to lead the Free Yezidi Foundation.

After the ISIS attacks on Sinjar and the Yezidi population in August, Ms Ibrahim founded the Free Yezidi Foundation to help Yezidi civilians in need and raise awareness of the situation. On behalf of the Foundation, she has spoken at the United Nations and a number of prominent universities in the United States, as well as to the BBC and the Dutch news show Brandpunt. Pari has been a contributing writer for the EzidiPress, an online news source monitoring the situation of Yezidis at home and abroad. Ms Ibrahim will complete her law degree at the University of Amsterdam in June 2015. She speaks Kurdish (Kurmanji), Dutch, English, and German.

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