Mo­sul, a city of fear for Kurds

2773 Kurds have been killed and 300,000 oth­ers have fled the city since 2003

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

Mo­sul’s Kurds have lived a decade of suf­fer­ing. They re­port liv­ing in an at­mos­phere of ter­ror, hav­ing been killed, kid­napped and forced to leave their homes since ter­ror­ist groups be­gan sys­tem­at­i­cally tar­get­ing them in Mo­sul, a city Kurds have lived for cen­turies.

Mo­sul’s Kurds have lived a decade of suf­fer­ing. They re­port liv­ing in an at­mos­phere of ter­ror, hav­ing been killed, kid­napped and forced to leave their homes since ter­ror­ist groups be­gan sys­tem­at­i­cally tar­get­ing them in Mo­sul, a city Kurds have lived for cen­turies.

“Life here has been turned up­side down for us. In some Mo­sul neigh­bour­hoods, there’s not a sin­gle Kur­dish fam­ily left--they have been threat­ened and forced to leave the city,” says Subhi Muhamad, a Kur­dish res­i­dent of Mo­sul. He says that liv­ing and work­ing in the city is dif­fi­cult for Kurds, but that thou­sands still put up with the dif­fi­cul­ties and refuse to leave. “Over the past few years, any­one sus­pected of hav­ing ties with Kur­dish par­ties in the city has been kid­napped or killed. Now, even be­ing a Kurd could be a rea­son for your death,” he added.

Sec­tar­ian vi­o­lence has been on the rise in Iraq since 2003. Mo­sul has wit­nessed the lion’s share of the vi­o­lence. Dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties and re­li­gious mi­nori­ties live in the city-Kurds, Shabak Kurds, Yazidi and Chris­tians are among those who have been tar­geted.

Kurds in Mo­sul have been tar­geted by ter­ror­ist groups; hun­dreds have been killed and thou­sands have fled to safe ar­eas in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. Ac­cord­ing to un­of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics, more than 2,700 Kurds have been killed in Mo­sul and more than 300,000 Kurds have fled the city since 2003.

Saeed Ma­muziny, head of the Me­dia Depart­ment in the KDP’s 14th branch, told the Globe that 2,773 Kurds have been killed in Mo­sul since 2003, in­clud­ing Mus­lim Kurds, Shabaks and Yazidi. Ma­muziny says the Kurds mostly live in the western part of Mo­sul and that there are some neigh­bour­hoods in the east where Kurds live with Arabs and other mi­nori­ties. He points out that some 60,000 Kur­dish fam­i­lies have al­ready fled the city, in­clud­ing about 7,000 fam­i­lies of Shabak Kurds.

He also said that ter­ror­ist groups have re­cently blown up 67 houses and 25 stores be­long­ing to Shabak Kurds af­ter forc­ing them to leave. Ma­muziny ex­plained that even af­ter the Kur­dish fam­i­lies leave the city be­cause of threats, they still can­not sell their houses or rent them out, as th­ese groups have be­gun sys­tem­at­i­cally de­stroy­ing them.

Mo­sul is lo­cated some 400 km north­west of Bagh­dad. It is the third largest city in Iraq. Kurds are in­flu­en­tial in the po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic process of the city; in the last pro­vin­cial elec­tion, the Brother­hood and Co­ex­is­tence of Kurds list won 11 out of the 39 seats in the Ni­nawa Pro­vin­cial Coun­cil.

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