[LALISH, Nineveh, Iraq. May 10, 2017] – Damon Gerard Corrie, an Eagle Clan Lokono-Arawak hereditary chief, well known Caribbean indigenous rights activist and Chairman of the Defense Committee of the Indigenous Democracy Defence Organization (IDDO) which he also co-founded, has been appointed by His Holiness the Baba Sheikh as the Yezidi nation Ezidikhan’s official ambassador-at-large according to the Yezidi nation's official news agency.
In his first statement to the Ezidikhan Information Bureau, Mr. Corrie confided:
“As a man of the Arawak indigenous people of the Caribbean, whose own ancestors suffered a brutal genocide at the hands of religious fanatics centuries ago, it is naturally an honor for me to accept this responsibility to serve my fellow indigenous brothers and sisters of the Yezidi nation who are suffering from genocide.”
“My role as ambassador at large will be to awaken the conscience of humanity to the plight of the Yezidis, whom the world has seemingly forgotten. I will carry their message wherever I go.”
On April 28, Damon Corrie served as the Yezidi nation’s official envoy at the 16th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues where he presented Ezidikhan’s official statement in response to Turkish air attacks upon Yezidi territory.
Ambassador Corrie will visit the Yezidi nation Ezidikhan in early June at the invitation of the Baba Sheikh, who will swear in Ambassador Corrie and bless his mission in Ezidikhan and across the world.
As his first mission, Ambassador Corrie is currently raising funds to purchase and deliver directly to Yezidi authorities medical supplies that local field clinics desperately need.
Ambassador Corrie will be accompanied by Chase Iron Eyes, a prominent Native American Indian activist, attorney, politician, and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
“For the first time ever, indigenous peoples from the New World are mobilising to stand shoulder-to-shoulder on the ground amidst the struggles and tribulations of our suffering brothers and sisters in the Old World,” said Ambassador Corrie. “We are inviting indigenous peoples to unite in physical solidarity and stand together proudly among the nations of humanity.”