Young Kurds Attend “One Young World” Summit
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.