Wihad was standing on a hill in Lalish, her people’s holiest site, delivering a poem for the two-year anniversary of the death of famous Yezidi commander Sheikh Khairy Khedr. He was mortally wounded by shrapnel while defending Sinjar from ISIS in October 2014.

The now twelve-year-old Wihad began to recite and sing poems after Sinjar’s Yezidis were attacked and enslaved by ISIS in August of the same year. She has a favorite poem today entitled “God Will Grant Our Right,” but today she has a different refrain:

Who are these people?
What creatures are they?
Where have they come from?
Are they human? Or ogres?
They seems to be the same tribes
Who came a thousand years ago.

Her voice draws crowds and she often performs poetry written by her father, accompanied by her brother on the flute. None of her four sisters share such an interest. Her father, Daoud, says she has released 2 CDs.