The UN: high­est level of humanitarian emer­gency in Kur­dis­tan

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - The Globe

The United Na­tions has an­nounced the high­est level of humanitarian emer­gency in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and Iraq, and [it] has pointed the fin­ger at IS mil­i­tants of ex­e­cut­ing “bar­baric” acts of sex­ual abuse against young boys and girls be­long­ing to Kur­dish mi­nori­ties.

Tens of thou­sands of eth­nic mi­nori­ties like Christians and Yezidis have fled vi­o­lence from Is­lamic State mil­i­tants, for­merly known as Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant, in Sin­jar town. They walked to­wards Syr­ian bor­der and back to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion once again through Semilka cross­ing bor­der.

There are lots of Christians who have fled and live in poor con­di­tions in the churches and schools in the Chris­tian-pop­u­lated district of Ankawa in Er- bil, cap­i­tal of the au­ton­o­mous Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

"We are gravely con­cerned by con­tin­ued re­ports of acts of vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing sex­ual vi­o­lence against women and teenage girls and boys be­long­ing to Iraqi mi­nori­ties," Ni­co­lay Mlade­nov and Zainab Hawa Ban­gura, the spe­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral on Sex­ual Vi­o­lence in Con­flict, said in a joint state­ment.

"Atro­cious ac­counts of ab­duc­tion and de­ten­tion of Yazidi, Chris­tian, as well as Turkomen and Shabak women, girls and boys, and re­ports of sav­age rapes, are reach­ing us in an alarm­ing man­ner."

Ban­gura and Mlade­nov added that close to 1,500 Yazidi and Chris­tian per­sons may have been forced into sex­ual slav­ery.

Many of them are ly­ing on the thin mats and blan­kets or straight on the hard­wood floors.

It is a very heart­break­ing scene when moth­ers cra­dle cry­ing in­fants; poor chil­dren look hope­lessly across the hot rooms of churches and schools, know­ing very well that this is not a sum­mer hol­i­day.

The eyes of their par­ents are full of sad mem­o­ries and un­told sto­ries and think­ing of the next move to save their chil­dren and families.

They fled to pro­tect the honor and dig­nity of their families. They left the bloody scenes be­cause they did not ac­cept the evil rules of the ter­ror­ists who gave them three op­tions of con­vert­ing to Is­lam, pay­ing spe­cial taxes or die.

They fled in cars, driv­ing to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, and many came by foot. The dis- placed peo­ple use the aban­doned and iso­lated build­ings as a place to live in tem­po­rar­ily un­til the KRG and in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity can build a spe­cial camp for them or find a proper so­lu­tion for their ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The mis­er­able sto­ries are not only ended with those who man­aged to escape. But there are moth­ers who are preg­nant and are about to give birth to new ba­bies. They feel very ner­vous and help­less. The new ba­bies will come to a new world that is empty of toys and dolls, and empty of color of life and food. How­ever, the new ba­bies are the luck­i­est of the peo­ple be­cause many chil­dren died in Sin­jar Moun­tain from de­hy­dra­tion and star­va­tion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Iraq

© PressReader. All rights reserved.