Young Kurds At­tend “One Young World” Sum­mit

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Young Kurds at­tended 5th an­nual "One Young World" sum­mit in Dublin to raise aware­ness about Kur­dis­tan and hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis caused by the ISIS ad­vanc­ing.

This year, 27 young Kurds from dif­fer­ent ar­eas of Kur­dis­tan par­tic­i­pated in the sum­mit. They were among 1300 young peo­ple aged be­tween 18 and 30 who gath­ered for 3 days of ex­ten­sive ses­sions where the bright­est young peo­ple from more than 180 coun­tries talk about the press­ing is­sues the world faces.

Pari Sle­man, a Kur­dish Yazidi girl liv­ing in Nather­land, talked about the bru­tal­ity his co-re­li­gion­ists en­coun­tered at the hands of ISIS mil­i­tants in Shen­gal and Ni­nawa plain. She ad­dressed young del­e­gates and world lead­ers at­tend­ing the sum­mit say­ing "You all go back home and tell the world that Yazidis and Kur­dis­tan need your support."

Idres Nechir­van Barzani, the pres­i­dent and founder of Rwanga Foun­da­tion whose or­ga­ni­za­tion spon­sored most of the del­e­gates, gave a speech at the sum­mit high­light­ing the is­sues and chal­lenges fac­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion in deal­ing with the vast num­ber of IDPs and refugees. “Be­cause of the vi­o­lence, our Re­gion is now host to ap­prox­i­mately 1.6 mil­lion refugees and IDPs that is more than the a quar­ter of our pop­u­la­tion,” Barzani said,

He also said "How­ever, the needs of th­ese des­per­ate fam­i­lies are far beyond our ca­pac­ity. This is prob­a­bly the most ur­gent hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in the world."

Gaggi Maleel an Assyr­ian from So­ran, spoke to The Kur­dish Globe about his ex­pe­ri­ence at the sum­mit. “It is out of Kur­dis­tan's abil­ity to host that amount of dis­placed peo­ple as it is a Re­gion of 5 mil­lion peo­ple,” he said.

Maleel also high­lighted the dif­fi­cul­ties cre­at­ing by so many refugees say­ing, “A dis­as­ter is go­ing to hap­pen even in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor if the world does't help Kur­dis­tan. We will be hav­ing two gen­er­a­tions with­out ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion. One is those who were forced to leave, and the other is peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan them­selves, be­cause their schools have turned into houses for the dis­placed.”

Muhammed Wsh­yar, a stu­dent at Univer­sity of Kur­dis­tan-Hawler, who was spon­sored by Hunt Oil Mid­dle East, said, "This con­fer­ence was a good op­por­tu­nity for the Kur­dis­tan del­e­gates to speak out about the Kur­dish cause and the chal­lenges cur­rently fac­ing the Re­gion and its gov­ern­ment with the in­flux of refugees that de­mand a real in­ter­na­tional support.”

The sum­mit was not only about get­ting the chance to raise aware­ness about the cur­rent cri­sis caused by ISIS threats. Binin Mustafa, a grad­u­ate from Hawler who was spon­sored by Rwanga Foun­da­tion, told Kur­dish Globe that the con­fer­ence is pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to “im­prove lead­er­ship skills where young lead­ers are get­ting in­spi­ra­tions through­out the event to take small steps to change the world and the coun­try they be­long to.”

The "One Young World" is a Lon­don­based non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion founded in 2009. It gath­ers young peo­ple from around the world to em­power and en­cour­age them to cre­ate a pos­i­tive change in their com­mu­ni­ties.

First time the Kur­dis­tan del­e­ga­tion at­tended the "One Young World" sum­mit was in Pitts­burgh, USA in 2012, but they were rep­re­sent­ing Iraq then. In the next sum­mit of 2013 in Jo­han­nes­burg in South Africa, the Kur­dish suc­ceeded in mak­ing the or­ga­ni­za­tion to of­fi­cially rec­og­nize Kur­dis­tan as a coun­try of its own.

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