Sin­jar ren­o­va­tion con­fer­ence to be or­ga­nized

More than 4,900 fam­i­lies re­turned to the town af­ter its lib­er­a­tion late last year

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“The Iraqi govern­ment had to take the re­spon­si­bil­ity to help them as well,” said Mayor Khalil. “How­ever, be­cause the IDPs here are Yezidis and Kurds, Bagh­dad is not ex­tend­ing help­ing hand. Now we are try­ing to or­ga­nize a con­fer­ence for the ren­o­va­tion of Sin­jar un­der the pa­tron­age of the PM of KRG.”

Sin­jar Mayor Mahma Khalil, ar­gues that the con­di­tions of the dis­placed fam­i­lies on Mount Sin­jar is very crit­i­cal de­spite all the aids and ef­forts by the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment and Barzani Char­ity Foun­da­tion.

“The Iraqi govern­ment had to take the re­spon­si­bil­ity to help them as well,” said Mayor Khalil. “How­ever, be­cause the IDPs here are Yezidis and Kurds, Bagh­dad is not ex­tend­ing help­ing hand. Now we are try­ing to or­ga­nize a con­fer­ence for the ren­o­va­tion of Sin­jar un­der the pa­tron­age of the Prime Min­is­ter of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.”

Ac­cord­ing to Khalil this con­fer­ence, which is planned to be or­ga­nized in the near fu­ture, will be a great help for Sin­jar peo- ple to re­turn back home. “Cur­rently we are do­ing an as­sess­ment of the dam­ages and re­quire­ments for its ren­o­va­tion and re­turn of its in­hab­i­tants,” Khalil added. “This is part of the prepa­ra­tions for the con­fer­ence, which is sup­posed to take place in­side the town.”

Ac­cord­ing to the town’s mayor, peo­ple can­not re­turn to their homes now be­cause of the sig­nif­i­cant dam­ages to the houses and town’s in­fra­struc­ture and lack of ba­sic ser­vices.

“Dur­ing the con­fer­ence, we will of­fi­cially ask the PM to make Sin­jar a prov­ince and be re­turned back to Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

Khalil ar­gues that there are more than 1,200 fam­i­lies who are still liv­ing on Mount Sin­jar un­der tents and in harsh sit­u­a­tions, es­pe­cially due to the win­ter.

Sin­jar Mayor hailed the sup­port and help the KRG and BCF have pro­vided to the IDPs of Sin­jar, but com­plained that the cen­tral govern­ment didn’t pro­vide any as­sis­tance, while as part of Mo­sul Prov­ince, they should have taken full re­spon­si­bil­ity for them.

The ren­o­va­tion process would also in­volve ren­o­vat­ing all the tem­ples and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites of Sin­jar that have been de­stroyed and dam­aged by the Is­lamic State.

Ac­cord­ing to Hadi Dubani, di­rec­tor of Yezidis is­sues at the Duhok Di­rec­torate of En­dow­ment and Religious is­sues, the IS has de­stroyed some 42 Yezidi tem­ples and sa­cred places in­side and around Sin­jar.

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