German photographer Christian Werner highlights the plight of the Yazidis
Since its founding in 4750 BC (according to the Gregorian calendar), the Yazidi religion has faced 74 genocides, the latest being that at the hands of the IS terrorist militia. Thousands of Yazidis have been uprooted and are on the run in Iraq since the IS militia’s invasion. Murders and human rights violations are rampant, and the Yazidis have, in adverse conditions, built makeshift shelters for themselves. Very few have made it to camps set up by the NGOs and most of them live in reinforced concrete skeletons of unfinished houses. Werner draws attention to the plight of the Yazidis through his documentation.
Christian Werner is a freelance photographer based in Germany. In 2014, he completed a course in photojournalism and documentary photography from the University of Applied Sciences in Hannover. His work is focussed on social diversity and global political issues. He has had numerous exhibitions and his work has been published in magazines such as Time Out Tel Aviv, Interview Magazine and Spike Art Quarterly. His photographs have also been part of group publications such as 10 Years Photojournalism & Documentary Photography (2011) and Istanbul (2012). Since 2012, Werner is represented by Liaf photo agency.
74 is part of the projections line-up for this edition of the Delhi Photo Festival starting October 30 at the IGNCA, Delhi.