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Jessie Parks

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I’ve been listening this afternoon to the long chat my friend Mary Beacom and I had with the elder woman on the left back in May 2016. I’m working to write her story down, and plan to share some of it with you all. Forgive me for not doing it sooner. I just want to do it right—for her.
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Her name is Gawaré. She is a Yazidi woman living at the Rwanduz refugee camp built by @therefugeinitiative.
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I hope to see her soon.
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#lalish #yazidi #sinjar #kurdistan #iraqikurdistan #everydaymiddleeast #everydayiraq #soran #refugeecrisis #documentary #burnmagazine #photojournalism #reportagespotlight #yourshotphotographer #lensculture #natgeo #theglobewanderer
8 days ago - I’ve been listening this afternoon to the long chat my friend Mary Beacom and I had with the elder woman on the left back in May 2016. I’m working to write her story down, and plan to share some of it with you all. Forgive me for not doing it sooner. I just want to do it right—for her. . Her name is Gawaré. She is a Yazidi woman living at the Rwanduz refugee camp built by @therefugeinitiati
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"I’m going to make everything around me beautiful—that will be my life."
-Elsie De Wolfe
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Yes—for this year and all ones I'm given thereafter. Happiest of New Years to you and yours. xx
18 days ago - "I’m going to make everything around me beautiful—that will be my life." -Elsie De Wolfe . Yes—for this year and all ones I'm given thereafter. Happiest of New Years to you and yours. xx
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#bestnine2016 Happy New Year. Y'all be good.
20 days ago - #bestnine2016 Happy New Year. Y'all be good.
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"It is said of God that no one can behold his face and live. I always thought this meant that no one could see his splendor and live. A friend said perhaps it meant that no one could see his sorrow and live. Or perhaps his sorrow is splendor.”
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-Nicholas Wolterstorff
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(Photo from May 2016, Rwanduz Yazidi refugee camp built by the @therefugeinitiative)
29 days ago - "It is said of God that no one can behold his face and live. I always thought this meant that no one could see his splendor and live. A friend said perhaps it meant that no one could see his sorrow and live. Or perhaps his sorrow is splendor.” . -Nicholas Wolterstorff . (Photo from May 2016, Rwanduz Yazidi refugee camp built by the @therefugeinitiative)
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On Refugees: More Than Escape
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Wrote a new blog post on World Orphans site. #Repost @worldorphans with @repostapp
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"Nothing seemed to bring about more rage in her than finding him with a newspaper; she’d rush at him in fury and snatch it from his hands." {Continue Reading: Link in Profile} #iraq #refugees #education #brightfutures #hope @therefugeinitiative, @hearthecry
1 month ago - On Refugees: More Than Escape . Wrote a new blog post on World Orphans site. #Repost @worldorphans with @repostapp ・・・ "Nothing seemed to bring about more rage in her than finding him with a newspaper; she’d rush at him in fury and snatch it from his hands." {Continue Reading: Link in Profile} #iraq #refugees #education #brightfutures #hope @therefugeinitiative, @hearthecry
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Another from Lalish, the holiest temple of the Yazidi faith in Dohuk, northern Iraq (May 2016).
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#lalish #yazidi #sinjar #shingal #dohuk #kurdistan #iraqikurdistan #everydaymiddleeast #everydayiraq #soran #refugee #documentary #burnmagazine #photojournalism #reportagespotlight #lensculture #justgoshoot #natgeo #peoplescreatives #theglobewanderer #instagoodmyphoto #yourshotphotographer
1 month ago - Another from Lalish, the holiest temple of the Yazidi faith in Dohuk, northern Iraq (May 2016). . . . . . . #lalish #yazidi #sinjar #shingal #dohuk #kurdistan #iraqikurdistan #everydaymiddleeast #everydayiraq #soran #refugee #documentary #burnmagazine #photojournalism #reportagespotlight #lensculture #justgoshoot #natgeo #peoplescreatives #theglobewanderer #instagoodmyphoto #yourshotphotographer
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This is Tariq, a kind Yazidi man from Sinjar who fled his home in 2014. Right now one of his sons is at a refugee camp in Greece, but he and the rest of his family are living in the Rwandz camp built by @therefugeinitiative.
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The Yazidis are a small Iraqi ethnic minority whose ancient faith is a largely misunderstood blend of Assyrian and Mesopotamian pre-Islamic traditions, Christianity, and Islam. For centuries they have been a target of hatred for their reputation as 'devil worshipers.’ In 2014 ISIS raided the Sinjar region, abducting 7,000 women and girls as sex slaves and massacring 5,000 civilians who refused to convert, which led to the expulsion of nearly 500,000 Yazidis from their ancestral land. Thousands were entrapped on nearby Mt. Sinjar—the highest peak is considered to be the final resting place of Noah’s Ark.
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Back in May I went with Tariq and a few of our friends to Lalish (pictured above), the holy temple of the Yazidi faith in Dohuk—a place all Yazidis are expected to pilgrimage to during their lifetime. Tariq and other Yazidis kissed the doorframes, walls, and grounds of the shrine. They asked us to step deliberately over the all door thresholds for reasons I never quite understood. It was the only ritual we were asked to observe, aside from leaving our shoes at the entrance to the grounds.
1 month ago - This is Tariq, a kind Yazidi man from Sinjar who fled his home in 2014. Right now one of his sons is at a refugee camp in Greece, but he and the rest of his family are living in the Rwandz camp built by @therefugeinitiative. . The Yazidis are a small Iraqi ethnic minority whose ancient faith is a largely misunderstood blend of Assyrian and Mesopotamian pre-Islamic traditions, Christianity, and Isl
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Barefoot at Lalish--the holy temp of the Yazidi faith.
1 month ago - Barefoot at Lalish--the holy temp of the Yazidi faith.
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“I’m not Daesh!” the imam said with arms wide and proud.
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I grinned. “Oh, I know.” I said, making my way through the door to a massive assortment of shoes. I could feel as many eyes on me as there were shoes long before I looked up from adding mine to the pile. I may have been covered head to toe like the gals in Soran, but I was still a gal—and this was a fella’s place and a fella’s-only prayer.
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So confession: I was beginning to think my little “visit” was gonna be another one of those minor catastrophes culminating in some over the phone lecture from my dad on eleventh-hour-learning and the errors of my erratic ways...
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Turns out, though, it wasn’t. And my dad really likes this photograph.
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#eveningprayer #Isha 
#feetwashing #islam
1 month ago - “I’m not Daesh!” the imam said with arms wide and proud. . I grinned. “Oh, I know.” I said, making my way through the door to a massive assortment of shoes. I could feel as many eyes on me as there were shoes long before I looked up from adding mine to the pile. I may have been covered head to toe like the gals in Soran, but I was still a gal—and this was a fella’s place and a fella
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Her chador was longer than she is tall. She came and sat close to me after this in silence while we listened to the imam teach over the intercom. He was upstairs with the men. It was Friday prayer and I loved the light through those windows, and how soft and white and clean the fabric wrapped around her was. (May 2016)
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#jumuah #muslim #chador #muslimwomen #women #soran #kurdistan #iraqikurdistan #everydaymiddleeast #everydayiraq #soran #documentary #burnmagazine #photojournalism #reportagespotlight #myfeatureshoot #natgeo #vicenews #lensculture #justgoshoot #peoplescreatives #visualsoflife #theglobewanderer #ourdailyplanet #exploretocreate #earthofficial #lifeonourplanet #awesomeearth #earthfocus #instagoodmyphoto
2 months ago - Her chador was longer than she is tall. She came and sat close to me after this in silence while we listened to the imam teach over the intercom. He was upstairs with the men. It was Friday prayer and I loved the light through those windows, and how soft and white and clean the fabric wrapped around her was. (May 2016) . . . . . . #jumuah #muslim #chador #muslimwomen #women #soran #kurdistan #iraq
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Hi. So they don't fix shoes like this where I come from. 🔥#cobbler
2 months ago - Hi. So they don't fix shoes like this where I come from. #cobbler
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Kurdish cobbler, with Cig 👞🚬
2 months ago - Kurdish cobbler, with Cig
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It's #Thanksgiving week in America. And I just want to say that I'm thankful for this man in Kurdistan.
2 months ago - It's #Thanksgiving week in America. And I just want to say that I'm thankful for this man in Kurdistan.
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'Cause I know sometimes things are shitty in life for all of us—particularly in that region of the world (in case you missed the mass media capitalizing on that). But things aren't always shitty. Some folks over there are in the "shitty", but they are alive and well facing it with grit and gratefulness.

God have mercy; I want to be like them.
2 months ago - 'Cause I know sometimes things are shitty in life for all of us—particularly in that region of the world (in case you missed the mass media capitalizing on that). But things aren't always shitty. Some folks over there are in the "shitty", but they are alive and well facing it with grit and gratefulness. God have mercy; I want to be like them.
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“The reason the very concept of God has become at once so impoverished, so thoroughly mythical, and ultimately so incredible for so many modern persons is not because of all the interesting things we have learned over the past few centuries, but because of all the vital things we have forgotten.”
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― David Bentley Hart, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss
2 months ago - “The reason the very concept of God has become at once so impoverished, so thoroughly mythical, and ultimately so incredible for so many modern persons is not because of all the interesting things we have learned over the past few centuries, but because of all the vital things we have forgotten.” . ― David Bentley Hart, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss
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In other news!

This is Abby. Her parents and eldest sisters, Malala and Shene, came to America as refugees from Iraqi Kurdistan 16 years ago before she and her younger sister, Rozeen, were born. They live in Beaverton, Oregon—a suburb of Portland. #thisisamerica
2 months ago - In other news! This is Abby. Her parents and eldest sisters, Malala and Shene, came to America as refugees from Iraqi Kurdistan 16 years ago before she and her younger sister, Rozeen, were born. They live in Beaverton, Oregon—a suburb of Portland. #thisisamerica
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"A man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him." - Frederick Douglass
3 months ago - "A man's character always takes its hue, more or less, from the form and color of things about him." - Frederick Douglass
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