Sinjar renovation conference to be organized
More than 4,900 families returned to the town after its liberation late last year
“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.