The project “Let’s give the Yazidis a future! Safeguarding and preservation of the Yazidis’ cultural heritage” is a multidisciplinary project conducted by the University of Trieste and the University of Udine, funded by the government of the autonomous region Friuli Venezia Giulia. The project’s aim is the reconstitution of the social fabric, social cohesion and vitality of the Yazidi community, in order to encourage the reconstitution of its cultural and community life. The ultimate purpose is to contribute to the re-integration of the Yazidis in their own social context in their homeland.
The main part of the project, conducted by the University of Trieste, deals with psychological support and the methods developed for the healing of the displaced Yazidis. The director of this part and of the whole project is Dr Tiziano Agostini (Department of Life Sciences, University of Trieste), Professor of General Psychology and an international expert in the fields of neuropsychology and methodology of psychological research, who carried the study with the collaborators Gian Matteo Apuzzo and Sandra Pellizzoni (Department of Life Sciences, University of Trieste). Our partner project deals with the assessment of the damage perpetrated to the Yazidi cultural heritage in the region of Sinjar (Fig. 1, 3), which underwent major destruction and devastation by ISIS militants. This part is directed by Dr Daniele Morandi Bonacossi (Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, University of Udine), Professor of Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, who works on cultural heritage-related projects and in the field of landscape archaeology. Collaborators in the partner project are Dr Costanza Coppini, archaeologist, and Alberto Savioli, topographer, GIS and remote-sensing specialist (Department of Humanities and Cultural Heritage, University of Udine).