Over 200,000 refugees re­sort to Duhok

Duhok Gov­er­nor: The city is un­able to pro­vide as­sis­tance to the refugees alone

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Zakaria Mu- hammed

Af­ter ISIS and as­so­ci­ated armed groups took con­trol of Sin­jar, a small town in­hab­ited by the Yezidi sect, last week, over 200,000 civil­ians were stuck in dread­ful cir­cum­stances.

Hun­dreds of civil­ians from Sin­jar and its en­vi­rons are miss­ing, feared dead or ab­ducted, while tens of thou­sands are trapped with­out ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties or vi­tal sup­plies in the Sin­jar Moun­tain area south of the city.

Many oth­ers were able to get out from Sin­jar and fi­nally reached Duhok city. Those who are based in Duhok are be­lieved to have reached 14,000 peo­ple.

“We are in con­tin­u­ous dis­cus­sion with the Kur­dish Govern­ment in order to find ap­pro­pri­ate mech­a­nisms for bet­ter­ing the con­di­tion of the refugees who reached Duhok,” said Farhad Atrushi, Duhok Gov- er­nor.

Ac­cord­ing to Atrushi, three big camps are un­der con­struc­tion and sev­eral spe­cial bak­eries have al­ready been pre­pared to make bread for the refugees. In ad­di­tion to that, four com­pa­nies have shown their readi­ness to pro­vide the refugees with drink­ing wa­ter.

“Over 14,000 refugees from Sin­jar have come to Duhok. The city has al­ready em­braced great num­ber of refugees from Mo­sul and Chris­tians from other ar­eas. So be­cause of the in­creas­ing num­ber of the refugees in the city, we might not be able to pro­vide enough as­sis­tance to them alone. This process needs to be achieved in co­op­er­a­tion with the govern­ment and all the other re­lated au­thor­i­ties. The to­tal num­ber of refugees based in Duhok now is 800,000 peo­ple,” said Atrushi.

De­spite the as­sis­tances form the United Na­tions and other NGOs, sev­eral com­mit­tees have been formed to col­lect do­na­tions and hu­man­i­tar­ian aids from the other cities and ar­eas of Kur­dis­tan.

Iraqi Kur­dish leader Massoud Barzani vowed not to leave a Kur­dish span of land to the mil­i­tants and to pro­tect Mount Sin­jar near the Syr­ian border, as well as the Yazidi peo­ple tak­ing shel­ter there.

The ISIS is re­ported to have com­mit­ted all kinds of atroc­i­ties against the civil­ians: abuse, kid­nap­ping, tor­ture and ex­e­cu­tions of Iraq’s re­li­gious and eth­nic mi­nori­ties. More­over, it has sys­tem­at­i­cally de­stroyed many re­li­gious and cul­tural sites as well.

Kur­dish fight­ers launched a coun­ter­at­tack on Tues­day hop­ing to re­gain Zu­mar and Sin­jar from ISIS’s con­trol.

Yazidis be­long to an ethno-re­li­gious group which pre­dates Is­lam and has roots in Zoroas­tri­an­ism, a monothe­is­tic re­li­gion that de­vel­oped in an­cient Per­sia around 1,500 BC. Yazidis have been de­scribed as a “Kur­dish het­ero­dox group,» mean­ing that they>re eth­nic Kurds, but out­side the main­stream of the re­li­gious be­liefs of the Kur­dish so­ci­ety.

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