Ar­gyll MP sup­ports new Yazidi medicines launch

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MP FOR Ar­gyll and Bute Bren­dan O’Hara has shown his sup­port for the Yazidi peo­ple at the launch of Mis­sions for Medicine.

The ini­tia­tive is striv­ing to de­liver medicine to two hos­pi­tals in north­ern Iraq that have ex­tremely low quan­ti­ties of drugs fol­low­ing an Isis in­va­sion in the area.

So-called Is­lamic State in­vaded the area in 2014, and killed more than 12,000 mem­bers of the Yazidi re­li­gion, a his­toric Iraqi mi­nor­ity group.

Women and girls as young as nine were ab­ducted and sold as sex slaves, and forced to con­vert to Is­lam.

An es­ti­mated 60,000 Yazidi peo­ple who fled when Isis in­vaded are now be­gin­ning to re­turn to their homes in north­ern Iraq, with the two hos­pi­tals in the area ex­tremely un­der­staffed and with no medicine or med­i­cal sup­plies.

Oban woman Fiona Ben­nett, who is the UK sec­re­tary of global Yazidi or­gan­i­sa­tion Yazda, is driv­ing the project to pro­vide medicine for Snuni and Sin­jar hos­pi­tals and for the Yazda mo­bile clinic. Mr O’Hara said: ‘This is a won­der­ful ini­tia­tive, one that is seek­ing to al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of one of the most abused and long-suf­fer­ing com­mu­ni­ties on the planet. And I wish it ev­ery suc­cess.

‘I know that the Sin­jar and Snuni hos­pi­tals are en­dur­ing a chronic short­age of medicines and even the most ba­sic of painkillers are in des­per­ately short sup­ply. Any­thing there­fore that we can send will be grate­fully re­ceived by the doc­tors and nurses.’

Mr O’Hara has pre­vi­ously raised the plight of the Yazidi com­mu­nity in West­min­ster and has also hosted Na­dia Mu­rad, former Isis sex-slave and United Na­tions Am­bas­sador.

To sup­port the Mis­sions for Medicine project, email Fiona Ben­nett on fi­macb@gmail. com.

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Yazda sec­re­tary Fiona Ben­nett with Ar­gyll and Bute MP Bren­dan O’Hara pic­tured hold­ing pain killers which are des­per­ately needed in two Iraqi hos­pi­tals.

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