The UN: highest level of humanitarian emergency in Kurdistan
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.