This Google Map was created just after the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.
It shows some of the surviving Yezidi villages in the Kurd Dagh, or “Kurdish Mountain”, a largely Kurdish region, north of Aleppo, in the far NW of Syria, at that date.
Other Yezidi villages in this area had already been abandoned, although their shrines and mausoleums remained places of pilgrimage.
Yezidis also lived in the main town Afrin (also known as Efrîn) and in other Kurdish settlements in the area.
It is not known what effect the conflict in Syria has had on the Yezidi population.
This short blog post and map were originally published on the bluebirdresearch website.