Here is a report on the innovative ways the Yezidi religion has adapted to ISIS persecution, as well as the internal battles between tradition, modernity and the future survival of the faith. I reported from Behzane, a Yezidi village near Mosul in northern Iraq, and Germany, which is home to the largest Yezidi diaspora community in the world. Read here.
In November I travelled to Germany to speak to Deutsche Welle in Berlin about the release of my book and deliver lectures in Hamburg and Husum. Thanks to the Heinrich Boll Foundation and the German Refugee Council for supporting these events, and to everyone who came. It was great to meet members of Germany's Kurdish and Yezidi diaspora communities and chat about the book.
BBC Radio Scotland interviewed me about my book, With Ash on Their Faces: Yezidi Women and the Islamic State, which was published yesterday in the US. The interview included a short book reading, as well as a discussion about my life in Iraqi Kurdistan and the stories of women that are often absent from narratives of conflict. Listen here.
On Tuesday, the Kurdish led SDF pushed ISIS from the city of Raqqa, marking a huge defeat for the group, although pockets of ISIS control still remain and the city needs to be cleared of mines and booby traps. I spoke to CNN about life for women after ISIS and what needs to happen next to allow families to return and live safely. You can watch the interview here.
This week I appeared on the Corsham Institute's Countering Violence Extremism podcast where I read a short excerpt from my book and chatted to Charles Kriel. Listen here. I also spoke to the Huffington Post, Svenska Dagbladet and an Arabic review of the book appeared over at Al Akhbar.
Pre-orders of With Ash on Their Faces are arriving in Italy, the UK, Greece and Turkey. Here's a picture of photographer @andreadicenzo with her copy of the book in Istanbul, taken by @ewither.
Last week I spoke to Paul Henley from the BBC World Service about my forthcoming book, With Ash on their Faces: Yezidi Women and the Islamic State. The interview went out on the World Service's Sunday morning show. Listen here. Interview starts about 30 minutes in.
Last month, I sat down for an interview with Erik Gustafson from the Education for Peace in Iraq Centre. We talked about what drew me to Iraqi Kurdistan, the difficulties of discerning fact from fiction during the war with ISIS, and my forthcoming book on the Yezidi crisis.