Noriko Hayashi

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"'The Prayer of the Yazidis', portraits the stories of Yazidis in Iraq and Germany who fled their homeland following the siege and massacre carried by Daesh, and touches upon issues of trauma, identity and collective memory. It is a compilation of photographs and personal testimonies written in Japanese, English, German and Kurdish languages.(...)

The mountains are bathed by beautiful blue moon light. Right before dawn, the women living on the foot of the mountain start making bread into an earthen oven for breakfast. When the sun rises, the inhabitants pray facing the sun. Here in northwestern Iraq, the Shingar mountains, with an elevation of 1,463 meters (4,800 ft.) spread east to west, and affluent human life takes its course in harmony with nature. The people living in the Shingal mountains and surrounding villages are called "Yazidi". They have been living here protecting their own peculiar religion and traditions, which were passed down from generation to generation.

On 3 August 2014, Daesh (Islamic State/IS) started attacking Yazidi villages and towns in Shingal. Since then, it is believed that Daesh has murdered about 5,000 and abducted a further 6,000 Yazidis. Women are subjected to sexual, physical and physiological violence. Their peaceful life was suddenly taken away from them.

"For two weeks, we were incarcerated in the basement and almost starved to death. I found a needle there. I took it and thinking about my parents carved in my forearm 'Dad, Mom, I love you'". (Sarah)

About the photographer (*1983):
"Noriko Hayashi is a Japanese photographer based in Tokyo. Noriko began taking pictures for a small local newspaper “The Point” in The Gambia, West Africa, when she was till an university student in International Relations and Conflict studies. Working in a small place like Gambia, which is rarely the focus of international news but is full of interesting stories taught her the value of detailing the overlooked realities of every stand of society.
This work has been recognized with awards including 1st prize of NPPA Best of photojournalism in Contemporary issue stories 2014, the Visa d’Or feature award at the Visa Pour I’image 2013 in France, the 1st prize of DAYS JAPAN international Photojournalism award in 2012 and 3rd prize in 2013, the 1st prize of Natori Yonosuke Commemorative Photography Award by Japan Professional Photographers Society.
Her documentary work was also finalist for the Alexia Foundation Professional Award 2013 and Amnesty Media Awards 2014. Her works have been published internationally in publications such as The Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Der Spiegel, National Geographic Japan, Marie Claire UK, DAYS JAPAN and Newsweek.com.
Noriko is represented by Panos Pictures." (© worldpressphoto.org, source: https://www.worldpressphoto.org/people/noriko-hayashi)

"2014. 年8月、ダーシュ(イスラム国)に攻撃され、美しい故郷を失った民族、ヤズディ。

ひとりひとりの存在に寄り添い、その祈りと願いをあらわすフォトストーリー。

シリアとイラクの国境にほど近いシンガル山に、独自の宗教と文化を継承してきた民族、ヤズディ。

2014年8月3日、イスラム国がその村々を攻撃した瞬間から、彼らの苦難は始まる。山中に逃げ込み、暑さと空腹で衰弱する子どもたち。イスラム国戦闘員に捕らえられ「結婚」させられる女性たち。集団殺害された男性たち。

林典子の写真は、故郷を後にした彼らの「落とし物」に目を凝らし、難民キャンプやシンガル山での日々の暮らしを静かに照らし出す(時には数ヶ月も彼らと生活を共にして)。

難民としてヨーロッパやアメリカを目指すヤズディもいる。コミュニティが存在するドイツへと渡った彼らひとりひとりのポートレートと、はるばると携えてきた大切なもの。

道はここにも続き、脈々と心に在りつづける故郷の面影を写し出す。

出来事を報道的に説明する写真は一枚もない。しかし一枚一枚を積み重ねるように撮られた写真と約60ページにわたる言葉は切実に語りかける───私たちが見るヤズディの悲劇と苦難は他人事だろうか。ひとりひとりの声と存在に目を凝らす一冊。"






 「それからの約2週間、私たちは腕を縛られながら殴られ続け、地下室に閉じ込められたまま、食事も水もほとんど与えられずに死にそうになりました。トイレ には1日1回だけ行く機会を与えられました。ここで私は一本の針を見つけました。針を手に取ると 腕に 『お父さん、お母さん、愛している』と、もう会うことができないかもしれない両親のことを想いながら、アラビア語でこう彫りました」(サラ / 文中より)

Noriko Hayashi ist eine fotojournalistisch arbeitende Fotografi aus Japan.
In 'The Prayer of The Yazidis' doukmentiert sie die Flucht der jesischen Bevölkerung, an der vom sogenannten IS ein Massaker verübt wurde.
Die Fotografien berühren, weil in ihnen das Trauma der Vertreibung spürbar wird.