Thousands of Iraqi Christians seek safe with Kurds
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.