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Yazidi bleeding hearts: The fragility of Armenia’s largest ethnic minority

Most of the 100,000 Yazidis from the former Soviet Union consider Armenia to be their homeland.

But in Armenia itself, the community faces a crisis of survival as economic hardship and rural poverty drive them out of the country, writes Lemma Shehadi

  • Independent

On a hot and dry September morning, the descendants of three Yazidi villages from the Armavir region in Armenia met at a cemetery on a hill, on the outskirts of the…

Every village has its own annual cemetery festival, which is pegged to the cattle feeding seasons.

“We remember our…

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