At least 50 leaders from the world joined demonstrators, many of whom ironically limited free speech in their own countries. The Prime Minister of Turkey for example was among those participating, despite the fact that Turkey is among one of the countries in the world with the most imprisoned journalists.
What’s disappointing, at least for me, is the lack of outrage from the world when thousands of women were kidnapped from the Ezidi community in Shingal last year. The comparison might be off-putting, and even unacceptable to many because the #JeSuisCharlie march was symbolic for freedom, liberty and democracy.
What about human dignity, worth, and freedom from prosecution?
The Ezidi community deserved (and still do) the world’s show of unity and solidarity when their entire small community was lynched, hundreds of men and teenage boys rounded up like cattle, systematically targeted for their religious orientation.
Vian Dakhil, female MP in Iraq’s parliament broke down in tears as she sought their support. Tears amidst words because she witnessed the world’s silence while her community was being ethnically cleansed.
It seems to me that some lives are more valuable. “Western” lives are more valuable than Middle Eastern lives, particularly those of ethnic backgrounds. When western journalists are kidnapped and killed by notorious groups such as ISIS, the world bends over, but when Kurdish journalists (or even Peshmerga) are killed by the same group, little attention is given.
Ezidis (also referred to as Yezidis) have faced the same reality in Middle East and the entire world, which is one of deadly and cowardly silence in the face of growing threats to their small community.