Noriko HAYASHI (photos, text), Hisaki MATSUMOTO (Book Design)

The Prayer of The Yazidis

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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, Noriko HAYASHI (b.1983):
"Noriko HAYASHI is a Japanese photographer based in Tokyo.
HAYASHI 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
Noriko is represented by Panos Pictures." (©, source:

"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。








 「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 Fotograf aus Japan.
In 'The Prayer of The Yazidis' dokumentiert sie die Flucht der jesidischen Bevölkerung, an der vom so genannten IS ein Massaker verübt wurde.
Die Fotografien berühren, weil in ihnen das Trauma der Vertreibung spürbar wird.