Thanks & Tributes

Widad has said that she was here because she has been inspired and encouraged by exceptional people with extraordinary hearts. "The kindness and hospitality I have been blessed with are overwhelming to say the least, and there is so much to be thankful for," she has stated before expressing her deepest gratitude to all who have supported her in various ways throughout the years. "I owe them more than words can say," she added.


The following are examples of what others have said or created to support Widad or her efforts:


Mr. Claude Arfaras, USA
Contemporary impressionist artist

Reverend Kristin Stoneking, USA
Executive Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation

“The momentum you created in favor of a UN resolution on a strong and an effective Arms Trade Treaty, your commitment to combat armed gender-based violence, and your successful lobbying for the adoption of the new UN Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict as well as the UN Resolution 2117 exclusively dedicated to illicit transfer, destabilizing accumulation and misuse of small arms and light weapons around the World are outstanding contributions to shifting the current culture of violence, and we are grateful for you..." Jul 2014

Mr. Zar Ali Khan Afridi, Pakistan
Chairman of FATA Commission of Human Rights and 
Executive Director of Society for Rights and Development

"Dr. Widad is an icon of international peace and a well-known humanitarian with a history of protecting and promoting human rights, particularly the rights of women and children. She is a sincere person struggling all times, thinking how to protect and promote rights of people and give them relief. She is one of the leading women who peacefully has been fighting for the rights of the oppressed Kurdish and Yazidi women, who are the victims of ISIS and Turkey both. She has raised every issue particularly issue of Alan Kurdi – the child who was drowned in sea in Turkey. Her work and commitment at global level for the rights of humanity will be remembered and written in golden words.

Dr Widad is also a writer and her new book, the Viking's Kurdish love, is very much appreciated. She is an intellectual and a poet. Her courage shows that she is an iron lady and she takes brave steps always to help humanity. I appreciate her and her work and spirit!" November 2016

Mrs. Zoë Gordon, USA
Poem entitled "Birthday" dedicated to Dr Widad Akreyi

You are the flower of
Kurdish Womanhood
Ever blooming ever bright
Never fading in adversity
Always helping and doing right
You live your life for others
You are awarded
The Pfeffer Peace prize
You are altruistic, idealistic
Teacher and friend
You do a thousand Kindnesses
Your giving is without end
Now that your birthday
Has come around
And this is your special day
May it hold lots of love
And happiness
Forever and a day

Mr. Al Colvin, USA
Advocate, motivational speaker and member of Board of Directors of NC Chapter American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

"You are the epitome of global peace and the greatest humanitarian for human rights. Your life is such a powerful inspiration! Thank you for dedicating your life to humanity and global peace!" Jun 2016

"Dr Widad is an extraordinary leader for Global Peace! This world needs more like you!" Oct 2015

"Toxins and chemicals are a global health hazard in the midst of current war and global displacement. Your work is truly admirable" Aug 2015

"God bless these Yazidi children, bring swift justice... Love and protection to Dr Widad!" Aug 2015

"I concur! Your dialogue is important to global peace. Your dialogue is the correct path! It's understood to be an uphill challenge, but the courageous has to stand up! Coexistence needs a different global approach!" Jul 2015

"Dr Widad is a humanitarian hero... in God's time the world is witnessing your huge heart! We now feel your pain and respect you for your compassion" Jun 2015

"God blessed you with a strong and courageous spirit! May his glory forever smile upon you! Be encouraged..." May 2015

Ms. Dissident Fairy, USA
Artist, writer and humanitarian

"Very distraught over the photos of the Yazidi girls. Look into their faces and you can feel them... Your interview was informative and filled with compassion and practical solutions. I was very moved by the endless plight of the Yazidis." Sep 2014

"Congratulations Dr. Widad for being honored with the International Peace Award. You deserve it for all your tireless work... We are proud of you Dr. for your relentless pursuit of peace and justice for the oppressed Yazidis, Kobane, and Christians." Oct 2014

"Dr. Widad is a real legend. She is making an indelible impact/imprint in her quest to save the Yazidis... Widad is passionate about saving the Yazidis because she was a child refugee. She feels their fear, and hunger and pain... Dr. Widad is outstanding in her fight to save the Yazidis and free the oppressed... An excellent interview! You painstakingly detailed the suffering and persecution of Christians, Kurds, and the Yazidis... You are a rare jewel in a sea of despair! I feel an overwhelming feeling of love coming from you. I hope Peter Kassig's family feels it too. His work was not in vain! So senseless and sad. I just lost a close family member last night, the same age, due to a traffic accident. This/it hurts." Nov 2014

"Dr. Widad is a great leader and humanitarian, the rest of us followed her lead. Kudos to Dr. Widad." Jan 2015

Mrs. Zoë Gordon, USA
Author and poet

You fight for freedom
You fight for what is right
You fight for peace
With all your Might

You are a Nobel woman
Who all alone
Embraced a cause
And made it known

Nobel Woman
Our hearts you stole
When we see
How hard you fight
Until you win

You are
Your own candle
Shine a light
In a dark world

My name is Hope
My brother is Unity
We know war
Is not the answer
Hope for Peace and Unity
Mankind Can Live

Blow the wind of change
The stagnant air of war
Where Hope
Still lives and reigns
In the hearts of all

I met
Despair Crying
Peace I will never see
I answered
Meet Hope
Hope and Peace
Win wars
This you will
Live to see

It takes
Courage every day
To knock on every door
Get countries to stop
And hear what you
Have to say
Your Message
Of Hope and Peace

We open our hearts
To peace
Well-coming in
For the future
Democracy and
Freedom of speech
Is established
In All Lands

Looked down
On the war-torn streets
And vowed
From this day To Be
The voice
Of reason
The voice
Of peace
For people everywhere
Morn is breaking
Hope is waking
To a brand new day
You meet your challenges
Its never easy
Yet hope and peace
Will win the day

When children
A champion
One is not hard to find
Created Dr Widad Akreyi
He created
A champion for mankind

Dr. Widad has made it known
The horror and brutality
Woman and children
Are suffering
Their only crime
Kurds they be

Sat at the table
Of Peace
And wondered
How she could make these
These refugees had countries
War had made them flee

The seed of peace
Which takes root and grows
It opens the door to change
Through it
Peace and Hope
Will flow

For generations
We owned these fields
And now I live to see
The field we planted
Destroyed by bombs
Now it can't
Feed and
Keep Me

You give from your
To those you don't know
You will always Be
The person and country
Who gave from your Heart
And helped refugees

Children are the future
Of every country
With an education
There is
You cannot

Child of mine
I want for you
So you can go
To school
And have a future too

This looks like
Just a small candle
Like Hope
It starts in the Heart
And kindles in the mind
A burning desire
For Peace

You may take my freedom
You may take my life
but you cannot take
Hope from me
One day
There will be peace
No more war
Peace will return
You and l will see

Come into my garden
And you can see how
The flowers
Hope, love, life
Live in harmony
Until mankind can
The World
Will never be
Free of war

I hope
One morning
To awake and see
Peace declared
And amnesty
Rebuild the world
So there
Would no longer
Be refugees
Only peace

Come and look
Around my garden
And you will see
Where we have buried
Hate and war
And planted a tree of hope
And know we will live to see

If I could paint
A rainbow
I know it would
Lead me to thee
You paint the world
With Hope
With your generosity

From a seed
Of memory
The pages of history
Onto the pages
Of a book
A gentle maiden
Into a warrior woman
In this book
As you read
History comes alive
Each page
Living history

God gives you
Serve humanity
Doing good
In word
And deeds

Bless You
When children
A champion
One is not hard to find
Created Dr Widad Akreyi
He Created
A champion
For mankind

Is the face of Courage
Who Fights
For Kurdish
And exposes a cruel
Help woman and children
Lift your voice for change

Let us
Start the morning
By asking God above
To bless All
Who work for peace
With His protection
And Love

I had a daughter
I would want
To be just like
A Woman of outstanding courage
Stands alone
Quite dignity 
Brings about change
And lights
Road to peace

The Journey for peace
To seek
Peace unification
Where there is injustice

Dr. Dan McQuillan, UK
Amnesty International's Web Manager

On behalf of the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, Dr. McQuillan thanked Widad in March 2006 for promoting Amnesty's  campaigns online.
"We realise that the most effective way to use the internet for human rights impact is to engage with online discussions, blogging and other interactive techniques. It is also critical for us to create online bridges to Arabic speaking audiences by becoming part of online dialogue and debate. These are challenging goals for Amnesty, but with the cooperation of people like yourself we can greatly boost our chances of success," Dr. McQuillan stated.

Mr. Paoloi Marongiu, Italy

"For a true  global peace with justice and freedom, support Dr Widad Akreyi" Jun 2016

"We have  to support Dr Widad... For a world in peace... For our peace, for a world  teeming with freedom... A continuous action for freedom, to free the bishops Paul Yazigi and Yohanna Ibrahim... An everyday duty: We Demand Peace Now... Freedom can never be silenced, voices of peace are loud... Thank you ever Dr Widad... Very important to support Dr Widad in all her missions... the force of a Voice, the force of million of voices for Peace... The flower of peace always blooming against all odds..." Oct 2015

Ms. Rose Rossi, USA
NYC educator

"God bless you Dr Widad. He will bless you for doing the Lord's work  looking after others in need. Be strong!" Oct 2015

Mr. Peter Wallace, Australia
Leader and politician

"Your account is a history of tragedy. Good for you for speaking out. You stand at the top echelon of humanity." Dec 2015

Ms. Jean Laurienti

"Dr Widad is kind, compassionate and sincere in her calls for peace, a refreshing voice in the face of so much violence... You are a great woman who advocates peace for all people. I wish more would listen and follow your example. RIP Ankara victims." Oct 2015

Mr. Mukesh Kumar Sahay, India

"Congratulation and Happy Women's Day... This is an era of democratic values, not medieval barbaric era. So this type of cruelty is not acceptable... We salute you and your work... Well done... Keep doing it. Important to support Dr Widad for Humanity." 2015

Ms. Yehudith Shraga, Israel

"Dr Widad congratulations! Keep doing your outstanding work, the world may be deaf, but not for ever, I hope." Oct 2014

Ms. Kim Wyatt, USA
Contemporary artist

"Dr Widad is a great advocate for peace and human rights." Oct 2015

Ms. Christine Duhaime
Lawyer and founder of Digital Finance Institute

"A woman who tirelessly advocated for Syrian refugees long before the world started caring --> Dr. Widad." Sep 2015

Ms. Kinnari Vaidya, India

"Dr Widad: Your continuous, meticulous ongoing hard work for peace is very inspiring for everyone. Hearty congratulations to you." Oct 2014

Mr. Ali

"Dr. Widad, I want to thank you. We need a voice in Europe for the innocent people, for peace. And you are always with us..." Oct 2015

"I was in Istanbul with my Armenian friend when Hrant Dink was killed. I still remember the silent-centennial tears of my friend." Jan 2015

"Dear Widad, you deserve this award. You have always called the people to peace. I also thank you for your special effort to save Kobane."  Oct 2014

Mr. David Curry Holmes
Geographer and author

"She is the only one on the forefront fighting this evil that I personally know of. Let us show her we stand with her... Keep up the wonderful work that you do! I wish we could save them all, but any number brought back is a triumph for humanity." Sep 2015

"May the New Year bring you success in giving voice to the voiceless and hope to those who have forgotten hope." Jan 2015

"Keep speaking out... More will listen and hopefully act. Brave soul!" 2014