Would-be tourist Duezen Tekkal from Germany turns war correspondent when search for Yazidi roots exposes Genocide

On August 3, 2014, ISIS fighters swarmed from bases in Syria and Iraq and attacked the Sinjar region

Yazidi children. Wikimedia


NEW YORK — In 2012, Duezen Tekkal was a freelance journalist living in Hanover, Germany. One winter evening, as the snow fell gently outside, Tekkal sat around the dinner table with her family and made an announcement: She and her father planned to travel to Iraq. Tekkal, a German-Yazidi, wished to explore her family’s roots with…