The beginning and strengthening of Armenian-Yazidi friendship

Armenian-Yazidi friendship is an interesting example in the history of people’s coexistence. Although the religions, aspirations and goals  of 2 nations are different, it hasn’t disturbed 2 nations to live together and establish  friendly relations, to create so profitable and firm alliance, that had a fatal meaning for both nations during the most crucial moments of the history. It is an undeniable historical fact, that without the troops of Jhangir Agha the exit of  Sardarapat’s battle would be put under the question.

Moreover, speaking about Jhangir Agha’s troops we must take into consideration that it wasn’t just troop, but the result of nationwide mobilization, as not only the friends and relative militants were involved in the troop, but also other representatives from all the Yazidi tribes. An example of friendship and devotion was providing the Yazidi with shelters in Eastern Armenia during the Genocide. If the Yazidi didn’t immigrate Eastern Armenia  the fate of the Yazidi living in Western Armenia would be confidently evident. Of course, most of them could escape to Europe, Iraq, but the devotedly confidence towards the Armenian made it possible to create Eastern Armenia, successor of which is our third republic. An interesting example of nations’ friendship is the friendship between Armenians and Yazidi people in the Ottoman Empire. There were other minorities in the Ottoman Empire besides the Armenians and the Yazidi people, but  these 2 nations couldn’t establish a firm alliance with them. Armenian-Yazidi alliance needn’t even a formation, because besides being a military alliance it was also an example of friendly relations, as the history had already strengthened the threads of Armenian-Yazidi friendship. Khachatur Abovyan mentioned on this occasion. “ They(the Yazidi) didn’t trust anybody like Armenians, whom they called brothers”.

This friendship continued resolutely in Eastern Armenia.

In order to create our First Republic the Yazidi people also put their efforts. From the archive documents we are informed that the Yazidi representative in First Republic’s Parliament and the leader of the Yazidi of Caucuses Usub Bek had good relations with Simon Vratsyan, Aram Manukyan, etc. Consequently we can say that the Armenian-Yazidi alliance wasn’t established with the formation of the First Republic, but it developed and strengthened due to it.

The 2 nations, which shared the same fate needed a roof, which would give an opportunity to escape from neighbors with the imperial policy of ruining the nations’ future after the collapse of the First Republic. The Third Republic took the role of that roof.

After the collapse of the USSR  the Yazidi people shared the heavy and heroic days of the struggle for Karabagh with Armenians. Many Yazidi people joined the fair demands of the Armenians and began hunger-strike in the square of Freedom.

We will refer to the participation of the Yazidi people in the war of Artsakh in another video, but it is worthy to mention that they fought in  almost all the fronts of the war helping Armenians to liberate their holy land with their blood. After the victorious war of Artsakh the Yazidi helped Armenians to develop the newly created Republic. Being involved in almost every field of the country the Yazidi have their contribution in the development of the Republic. Even the Yazidi people, who have left the country because of social-economic situation, currently try to make donations and have their contribution in the development of different fields of the Republic of Armenia.

This is an expression of  devotion, the proof of which was the April war, when 4 heroes strengthened this friendship with their blood.

That’s why the Yazidi people are considered to be national minorities only within the legal documents. Otherwise all the conscious citizens of Armenia accept the Yazidi people as one of the owners of the Republic like other citizens of Armenia.

Translated  by  Aida  Grigoryan ,  Mijerita  Khachatryan  and  Anna  Arzumanyan

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