2014, a bloody year for Iraqis

Nearly a thou­sand dead per month dur­ing the first three quarters

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

As a re­sult of the con­flicts and in­sur­gen­cies in Iraq, ap­prox­i­mately 8,500 Iraqi civil­ians have been killed un­til now. More than half of which are only dur­ing the last three months after the Is­lamic State ISIS mil­i­tants took con­trol over Mo­sul.

The United Na­tions claims that 2014 was the blood­i­est year for Iraqis after 2003.

Dur­ing the first half of the year, 5,576 Iraqis lost their lives, while another 11,665 were in­jured dur­ing the same pe­riod.

Only dur­ing June, when ISIS at­tacked and con­trolled a num­ber of re­gions in north­ern and western prov­inces in Iraq, 2,700 peo­ple were killed, among whom 1,531 were civil­ians. Ac­cord­ing to the UN statis­tics, only dur­ing June, July and Au­gust, more than 4,000 Iraqis lost their lives.

In ad­di­tion to all th­ese deaths and in­juries, hun­dreds of thou­sands of Iraqis have been dis­placed due to se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tions, more than 90% of whom have fled to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Kur­dis­tan, which was al­ready fac­ing an eco­nomic cri­sis due to the sanc­tions from the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, which cut the re­gion's bud­get share and gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees salaries since the be­gin­ning of the year, had to cope with the dra­matic sit­u­a­tion and has tried its ut­most to ac­com­mo­date this huge in­flux of dis­placed peo­ple.

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple from Mo­sul and Sin­jar fled into Kur­dis­tan, which was al­ready home to hun­dreds of thou­sands of Syr­ian refugees and other Iraqi dis­placed fam­i­lies from cen­tral and south­ern parts of the coun­try.

Since its lib­er­a­tion in 2003, Iraq has been suf­fer­ing from in­sur­gency and in­ter­nal con­flicts. Hence, the in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions has con­tin­u­ously mon­i­tored the se­cu­rity and hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tions in the coun­try and pub­lished statis­tics about vic­tims of the con­flicts on a monthly ba­sis.

Deputy Head of the Higher Com­mis­sion for Hu­man Rights ar­gues that the num­ber of vic­tims is sig­nif­i­cantly higher than what is pub­lished, since there are no statis­tics avail­able in the ar­eas cur­rently un­der the con­trol of the ISIS.

As a re­sult of the con­flicts and in­sur­gen­cies in Iraq, ap­prox­i­mately 8,500 Iraqi civil­ians have been killed un­til now. More than half of which are only dur­ing the last three months after the Is­lamic State ISIS mil­i­tants took con­trol over Mo­sul.

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