Yezidi Kurdish Assyrian, Arabs Peasantry Life Coexistence

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in Ain-Sifni/ Mosul / Neneveh 1950s -1980s
This is Hayder Mujewir whose religious title was Peer and he used to be the servant leader of the peasants in Shekhan / Mosul in 1960s- 1980s.
This man was very keen to let all peasants in the plain lands of Shekhan locate
the spot to cultívate and sow their lands each season n, winter, spring, summer, and fall. He usually discussed the issue of each peasant such as the number of the members of each family and their economical situation, taking into consideration how many indepndents does each family have as infants, children, or shool goers.

Peer Hayder used to come to our house every now and then with one or 2 Yezidies to discuss where, when, how to plough
the land in each season especially before winter rainfalls and my uncle’s wife, an old woman named, then, Khama Fala ( Khame the Christian) who used to give advice and do some math for the peasants regarding the size of the land to be cultivated, the amount, the time of tilling the soil, the type of the seeds, and the expenses of the tractors etc.
Excited, I understood as a child, how valuable their work was especially when I came later in my life to meet and see the peasants’ children as pupils in the primary schools, then students in the secondary schools; and then see them in the universities.

Now I appreciate what those simple ordinary men and women were doing and that is why I spent sometime just to put this English, Yezid, Arabic , Assyrian dictionary together for the sake of their memory for the next generations of this town situated over the hills and the plains of Mosul/Iraq which was one day the great Ancient Nineveh city of th East if not the greatest.

I am sure the demographic changes over time will shape this town into something different in relations and the way they live together and someday this writing may change into a document of the past history to study the demography of the región.

Matti Phillips khoshaba