Shin­gal is fac­ing the 74th dis­as­ter now

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Hassan Shin­gali

This is not the first time that Shin­gal faces such mass killings and eth­nic cleans­ing. The Yazidis have been slaugh­tered 73 times be­fore and the 74th is per­pe­trated now by the ISIS. On the first day of the Yazidis «Summer Feast» they were at­tacked. This forced thou­sands of Shin­gali peo­ple and Yazidis to re­sort to Shin­gal Moun­tain and other Kur­dish cities es­pe­cially Duhok. Peo­ple re­sisted and fought against the ISIS for many hours but the lack of sup­port and weapon forced them to with­draw. The Pesh­merge forces had no choice but to re­treat too. Now, it has been three days since peo­ple ran to the Shin­gal Moun­tain. Since then they have suf­fered from lack of the ba­sic needs like food, wa­ter and medicine. Hun­dreds of chil­dren have died of hunger and thirst. Hun­dreds more of peo­ple had been killed by ISIS. Women have been kid­napped and ha­rassed sex­u­ally. Those who stayed in Shin­gal and the ad­ja­cent com­plexes have been killed. Yazidis from all over the world have demon­strated ad­dress­ing the hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tions and the United Na­tions (UN) to pro­vide help and res­cue Yazidis from the moun­tains and help those who fled to other cities. Pesh­merge forces headed to­ward Rabia and Shin­gal to save and res­cue Yazidis and to re­take con­trol over Shin­gal again and they are in a con­tin­u­ous fight­ing with ISIS to force them out of the city . YPG>s spe­cial Kur­dis­tan forces from the Syr­ian Kur­dis­tan have also played a great role fight­ing with ISIS. The pro­tec­tive as­sis­tance team from Harikar NGO, non-gov­ern­men­tal-or­ga­ni­za­tion, in Duhok have paid a visit to con­duct a sur­vey about the IDP’s In­ter­nally Dis­placed Peo­ple who came to Sharia com­mu­nity. The vis­its took place in Sharia com­plex to take a gen­eral gan­der at the IDPs that took refuge in many schools and vil­lages in Sharia. The pur­pose of the visit was to see what the peo­ple are in need of. The Lalish Cul­tural Cen­ter no. 2 had valu­able in­for­ma­tion about the sit­u­a­tion of the refugees. The mem­ber of the Lalish Cen­ter, Dr. Saed, gave de­tails on the liv­ing con­di­tions of the peo­ple and pointed out their ma­jor needs as well as pro­vid­ing the num­ber of the fam­i­lies who fled to Sharia. He es­ti­mat- ed that the num­ber ex­ceeded four thou­sand fam­i­lies (4000) or twenty thou­sand peo­ple. Dr. Saed kindly asked Harikar for ba­sic needs, which were camp­ground, beds, wa­ter, W.C., sup­plies, wa­ter, baby milk, di­a­pers cloth­ing for chil­dren of 1-15 years of age. Baba Sheix, the Head of Yazidis in Iraq and the world has paid a visit to the Pres­i­dent of KRG Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment and asked for a rapid in­ter­ven­tion to res­cue the peo­ple who have stranded on Shin­gal Moun­tain. «The Yazidis are true orig­i­nal Kurds,» re­it­er­ated the Pres­i­dent.

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