Thou­sands of Iraqi Chris­tians seek safe with Kurds

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

As fight­ing erupted be­tween the Kur­dish forces and Sunni mil­i­tants near Qaraqush, thou­sands of Chris­tian fam­i­lies have ar­rived in Er­bil on Thurs­day fol­low­ing ISIS mil­i­tants at­tacked one of the last Chris­tian en­claves in Iraq.

A staff mem­ber from the In­ter­na­tional Orga- niza­tion for Mi­gra­tion said that be­tween 2,000 and 3,000 people ar­rived Wed­nes­day night and Thurs­day morn­ing at a con­verted youth cen­tre in Ainkawa, Globe and Mail re­ported.

The fight­ing erupted as the Kur­dish forces started dig­ging a trench near the town as the Iraqi army left that area af­ter ISIS of­fen­sives. The pop­u­la­tion of the town is es­ti­mated to be around 35,000 in­hab­i­tants.

Now, many of them are liv­ing in poor sit­u­a­tion in the Chris­tian-dom­i­nated district of Ankawa in Er­bil, cap­i­tal of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

They are liv­ing in schools, churches, sports cen­tres and in a TV sta­tion in Ankawa. They have been helped by the res­i­dents of the district and the medics of­fered med­i­cal treat­ment to save them from con­ta­gious dis­eases.

Those Chris­tian fam­i­lies that do not have a friend or rel­a­tive in Er­bil or Ankawa need to live in schools and churches.

The num­ber of the dis­placed people is in­creas­ing as the vi­o­lence is con­fla­grat­ing in Iraq. They are ask­ing the NGO’s and the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment (KRG) to of­fer ur­gent aid to them.

The fam­i­lies have to par­ti­tion a tent to ac­com- mo­date a cou­ple of fam­i­lies. The most vul­ner­a­ble class in the vi­o­lence is chil­dren. They all left their houses based on the wide­spread ru­mours that the mil­i­tants will slaugh­ter people bru­tally.

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