Narîn

Ezîdî Îsmaîl

Narîn

Ezîdî Îsmaîl

Technique: acrylic on canvas.

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About Narîn Ezîdî Îsmaîl

Narîn is a Yazidi-Iraqi-Canadian-Mexican artist and poet currently living in Toronto, Canada pursuing her dreams of becoming a recognised artist. Born in the village of Galabadra in Iraqi Kurdistan, she wishes to use her talent and creativity to teach a broader international audience about Yazidi culture, religion and history.

During the Gulf War (1990), Narîn’s parents with six of her sisters and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi people fled Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship. They journeyed through dangerous and horrifying pathways in the mountains with little food, water and only a few belongings. Having had to live in caves for over a week, the family decided to continue their walk towards the Turkish border. Together with thousands of other Iraqis they waited at the Turkish border to 

get through and to apply for asylum at the local UNHCR in Turkey. After three years in the Silopi refugee camp in Turkey, Narîn and her family emigrated to Canada in 1993 becoming the first Yazidi family to do so. Canada has given the family many chances and opportunities to develop a bright future.Narîn is determined to use her creativity in support of Yazidis who fell victim to ISIS and most of her work tells the story of the Yazidi genocide. She is determined to bring meaning to the lives of orphaned Yazidi children and to be the voice of Yazidi girls and women who were enslaved, raped, abused and tortured by ISIS. Narîn is a woman who has pledged herself to Yazidism. She believes that with freedom and human rights, life can still be beautiful – like a flower’s thirst for grace.