Kakayee IDPs speak out about their sufferings
Kakayee Kurds have always been a target for terrorists after the Iraq War of 2003, especially in Mosul and Kirkuk, where hundreds of them have been killed by terrorists only for being Kakyee Kurds.
Following the fall of Mosul in the hands of the Islamic State and the retreat of the Iraqi Army from the area, the ISIS fighters started to force the non-Muslim communities to either convert to Islam or escape from being killed. Among these groups were the Yezidi and Kakayee Kurds and the Christian minorities in the area, most of whom had to leave their homes and seek protection in safe areas, mainly in the cities and towns of Kurdistan Region.
A large number of Kakayee Internally Displaced Persons IDPs have resettled in refugee camps in Khabat, Gweir and Zangal districts around Erbil.
“Though majority of the Kakayee familieis in Hamdaniya, Kirkuk and Khanaqeen have not left their homes and vowed to defend the soil of Kurdistan from ISIS terrorists to the last drop of their bloods, a large number of them have fled to Kurdistan Region,” says Lisa Falakaddin Kakayee, a Kakayee writer and activist. “They live in very harsh situations.”
Lisa says as they are facing a brutal and inhuman terrorist group, there is no difference between religious groups, and helping an innocent child, an exhausted mother, a pregnant woman and a disabled person is the responsibility of everyone, since “they are all Kurds and our fellow citizens, and are at their homes.”
Lisa talks about the destruction of the Yezidi and Kakyee sacred temples by the ISIS, and describes it as a terror against the culture and history of the Kurds, regardless of their religious backgrounds.
Ayad Kakayee, lawyer and wellknown Kakayee figure, also talks about the demolition of the Bawa Yad- gar Temple, one of the most sacred and famous Kakyee temples, and said that it hurt Kakayees a lot and even Kakayees and Parsans from Iran condemned this inhuman act by ISIS.
Kakayee says what ISIS is doing under the name of Islam is completely against the Islamic values.
“Throughout his life, Bawa Yadgar has always served humanity,” Kakayee says. “I call on the Islamic Scientist Union in Kurdistan and the international community to act and set a limit for these inhumane actions since what is being done against the Kakayees is clearly against all human and religious values.”
Nariman Kakayee, another Kakayee activists complains about the amount of care given to the huge number of Kakayee IDPs, their sufferings and their needs by the KRG authorities and civil society organizations, and also the amount of importance given to the Kakayees refugees by the media compared to the other groups. He added that to condemn the demolition of Bawa Yadgar Temple and other actions of the ISIS against Kakayees, the Kakayees organized demonstrations in both Mosul and Kirkuk.
A volunteer force has been formed by the 16th branch of the Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP to support the Peshmarga Forces in Gweir area and are protecting the Kakayee villages in the area. There many Kakayee youths among the volunteers who are determined to protect their homeland against terrorists. Hava Chia Mohammed Agha Harki, head of the 16th branch of KDP says they have moved to these areas as soon as the war started there and they are protecting all the people in the area and the Kakayee Kurds are all protected and there is no threat on their lives in Gweir area.
“However, unfortunately in the Hamdaniya villages, on the west coast of the Greater Zab River, which has a large Kakayee community, the situations are very bad and there is no Kakayee left in there and life has completely stopped due to the threats by the ISIS,” Harki says. “Even birds do not fly in the skies of these areas. The Arab inhabitants of the area have started looting the Kakayee houses and have even burned many houses. Additionally, they have started to explode the Kakayee temples.”