Mirza Dinnayi, co-founder and director of the association Luftbrücke Irak, was voted into the finalist selection of the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative.
The Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity acknowledges three exceptional personalities of the humanitarian community for their honorable engagement for the liberation of women from ISIS captivity, for the fight against a network of secret prisons in Yemen and at the negotiations for the release of abducted school girls in Nigeria.
Fighter or Human Rights
Lamija Adschi Bashar signs into the Golden Book of the city of Osnabrueck.
Her visit to Osnabrueck is also a reminiscence to the association Luftbrücke Iraq, which is located here, which brought the young Yazidi to Germany. Bashar was gravely injured
at that time. During her flight from the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS), she had
stepped on a land mine, which killed two of her friends. She herself escaped almost
blinded and with further severest injuries.
In 2014 Bashar was a victim of a bloody ethnic cleansing
carried out by the IS in her hometown Kocho. The men of the town were killed for
the most part, the women, girls and children were sold
as slaves and heavily sexually abused. Lamija Adschi Bashar offered resistance
and attempted to escape several times during her 20 months
of captivity, the last one ending on a land mine between the
IS-occupied part of Iraq and the Kurdish part of the country.
Bashar stands up for the 3000 Yazidi women, who
are still in the hands of the IS.
To visit Cities of Peace such as Osnabrueck in her home country one day, is a strong desire, said Bashar. She thanked the Germany citizens, who helped the people in her country. Earlier, Lord Mayor Wolfgang Griesert emphasized that Bashar stands up “with strongest insistence” for Human Rights,
especially for the rights of the Yazidi community in Iraq.
“With the engagement and with the description of the cruelties you experienced,
you are reminding us to take actions against violence and terror. You are reminding
us most strongly of the immense luck we are allowed to enjoy here
in the middle of Europe, to live in over 70 years of inner and outer peace”,
Griesert went on. Osnabrueck’s LM also thanked the association
Luftbrücke, who advocates for injured children and war victims from Iraq.
In the past year, Lamija Adschi Bashar won the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought
for her engagement together with Nadia Murad
which is also known as EU Human Rights Prize.
The face of raw courage:
Brave Yazidi teenager was kidnapped by jihadis and sold into sexual slavery before being injured in an explosion as she made a daring dash for freedom. Read more:
10,000 Euro for the refugee work of the Caritas Osnabrueck.
War and terror overshadow the everyday life in Iraq. Since summer 2007
the Osnabrueck association Luftbrücke Irak hence organizes the treatment of
seriously injured children in Germany hospitals. Through a donation of 10,000 Euro
for the refugee work of the Caritas Osnabrueck, the association now affirms the cooperation of the associations.
European Parliament Prize honours two Yazidi victims of IS
brutality, Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar (Video)
The European Parliament Sakharov Prize 2016 goes to Nadia Murad Basee Taha
and Lamiya Aji Bashar. Both women are survivors of sexual enslavement by
Islamic State (IS) and have become spokespersons for women afflicted by IS’s campaign of sexual violence.
Two Yazidi survivors of IS group win Sakharov prize
Nadia Murad and Lamia Haji Bashar have become figureheads for Yazidi victims of kidnapping, rape and slavery by the Islamic State
Two Yazidi women who gave the slip to IS win Sakharov prize: sources
Nadia Murad and Lamia Haji Bashar had to endure months of sex slavery before becoming icons of their community.
Nomination is a strong signal for Yazidi minority
S&D officially nominates members of the Yazidi minority for the Sakharov Prize 2016.
Park for a good cause
Cathedral school opens their parking lot during advent in return for donations
“Park and help” was the motto on a Saturday in December 2008 at the Cathedral school.
The schoolyard was made available as a near-to-centre parking lot in Osnabrueck.
From 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. car drivers could park their car there for 5 Euro for however long they wanted.
The ninth grade of the cathedral school, who carried out the campaign, donated the proceeds to a charitable initiative.
The project Luftbrücke Irak e.V. benefitted from the money.
Through this, children and teenager from Iraq could already successfully be helped in Osnabrueck and Aachen.