Kakayee IDPs speak out about their suf­fer­ings

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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.”

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