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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Aug 29, 2020 1:05 am

Turkey continuing Yazidi genocide

Turkey has been accused of trying to continue the Yazidi genocide in northern Iraq after targeting the Sengal area with drone strikes on the pretext of operations against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)

Ankara has launched a number of bombing raids against what it insists are “terrorists” as part of Operation Claw Eagle, which began in June.

It has struck the Yazidi settlement area in Sengal, part of Iraqi Kurdistan, twice this week with no casualties reported, but causing damage to land and infrastructure.

The Sengal Resistance Units (YBS) warned that “the Turkish state has a new concept” to continue the massacre of Yazidis perpetrated by Isis in 2014.

More than 5,000 men and boys were killed by the jihadists and around 7,000 women and girls were abducted and sold into sexual slavery, 3,000 of whom are still missing.

The YBS accused the Turkish state and intelligence services of co-ordinating the attacks with “collaborators,” including the leader of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Nerchivan Barzani.

He has recently referred to Sengal as an unofficial and illegal territory while allowing officials from Turkey’s National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) to operate from bases throughout Iraqi Kurdistan, despite having no official status.

YBS officials called on people to “stop taking the side of the collaborators” describing the MIT as the historical enemy of the people.

“The attacks on YBS must be understood as an attack on Yazidism,” a statement said.

“The fascist Turkish state has committed dozens of massacres of our people.

“It wants to destroy our people and our faith. Nobody should forget this,” officials said, vowing to continue their resistance.

The YBS accused the Turkish state of seeking a demographic change similar to that of Afrin in northern Syria where 300,000 Kurds were forced from their homes.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:46 am

Yezidi woman reunited with family

Samo Omer, 28, is a Yezidi from the village of Tal Qasab, south of Shingal. She was held by ISIS militants for a total of five years, both in Iraq and in Syria

"I was previously in the city of Hama. I went to Idlib with their [ISIS] families. I stayed in Idlib for seven months. After that, I was sold to [someone in] Iraq, then I was taken to Manbij [in northern Syria]. Later I was taken to camps on the Iraq-Turkey border, from where I was sold to [someone in] Iraq. Someone from Idlib took me, and he treated me well," Samo told Rudaw. "Later, I came [with smugglers] to Manbij, and to Qamishli."

ISIS published a picture of Samo and her two children in the Syrian city of Idlib, saying that they were for sale

Samo’s brother Khalaf, who had been in desperate search of her, saw the picture, and bought her for $30,000.

To begin her journey back to her family, Samo was taken by smugglers from Idlib in 2019 – but not before one of her two children died in an airstrike on the city.

After a month travelling through Syria with the smugglers, Samo and her surviving child met her brother in the city of Qamishli.

"I can't explain the hardships we faced [to rescue her]," Khalaf said. When I received a message that read 'your sister is with me', we were made so happy by the news. All of a sudden, they switched their phones off for 10-15 days, and we had no news about her. We were down until they next picked up the phone. We'd make phone calls around the lock.

Samo and her surviving child were then reunited with the rest of her family, including her husband, at Kabarto IDP camp, Duhok. Samo has since had another child.

ISIS attacked the Yezidi heartland of Shingal in August 2014, abducting 6,417 Yezidis. Six years on, 2,887 Yezidis are still missing, according to figures from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:53 pm

2,880 Yezidis still missing

Out of 6,417 Yezidis kidnapped by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014, 2,880 remain missing, according to new data from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) office responsible for rescuing abducted Yezidis

According to a statement released on Wednesday by the Office for Rescuing Kidnapped Yezidis, 6,417 Yezidis were kidnapped when ISIS attacked Shingal in the summer of 2014, including 3,548 females and 2,869 males.

“Of this, 3,537 - 1,201 women, 339 men, 1,043 young girls and 954 young boys have been rescued,” it read.

The 2,880 missing includes 1,304 females and 1,576 males.

The same data puts the number of those killed in the first day of the ISIS attack at 1,293, adding that the attack has internally displaced some 310,000 Yezidis and forced more than 100,000 to flee Iraq. Additionally, 2,745 children have been orphaned.

The ethnoreligious minority lived mainly in the district of Shingal in Nineveh before it was attacked by ISIS on August 3, 2014, in what has been recognised by many states as a genocide. Many Yezidi men and elderly people were killed, and young women and girls sold into sexual slavery.

The plight of the Yezidis was brought to renewed attention in 2018 when survivor Nadia Murad was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.

“These statistics are approved by the United Nations and do not include material losses in property, land, livestock, agricultural, cars, factories… etc,” read the statement.

Shingal currently lacks security due to the presence of several armed groups, hindering the return of its people who mostly live in camps or houses in Duhok province. Much of it still lies in ruins, five years after liberation.

Nineveh Governor Najm al-Jabouri told Iraqi state media outlet INA on Wednesday that thousands of Yezidis have returned to Shingal so far, but “a large number” still live in Duhok province.

He added that Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and military officials have agreed in the last few days “to facilitate the return of displaced Yezidis.”

“They agreed on some points, including specifying a limited budget for those families who return and to provide services.”

Yazda, a Yezidi organisation, said late Wednesday that the Iraqi government has opened a Shingal office for the return of those affected by the ISIS attack.

“We value the efforts of the government for stabilizing Sinjar (Shingal), and we hope that the government will accelerate the process of returning IDPs to their homes, and compensate the survivors and victims of the genocide,” said the organisation.

French President Emmanuel Macron said during his joint press conference with Kadhimi in Baghdad on Wednesday that “we will do our best to help you especially in Shingal, helping the Yezidis."

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:39 pm

Two Yazidi children accompanied Barzani

The president of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nechirvan Barzani, met for over an hour with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara today to brief him, among other things, on French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit this week to Baghdad

Falah Mustafa, a senior Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) official who took part in the talks, told Al-Monitor they were “really good.” He did not elaborate

Barzani returned from Ankara with two Yazidi children, a girl aged 10, and a boy 11, who had been kidnapped by the Islamic State six years ago in Yazidi dominated Sinjar province in northern Iraq. Sadly, their parents, three brothers, and sister are still missing.

Several women enslaved by the Islamic State have been tracked down and rescued in Turkey, as recently as last month. The KRG thanked Turkey in statement for helping rescue the children but it did not say how they had ended up there.

Barzani is known to have spent vast sums of his own money to buy back the freedom of multiple Yazidi women and children. According to Yazidi Nobel prize laureate Nadia Murad, there are still around 2,000 Yazidi women and children in captivity.

Barzani met with Macron in Baghdad on Wednesday. He also met with Iraq’s new Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi. The former intelligence chief is deeply unhappy about Turkey’s continued airstrikes against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants inside Iraqi territory.

Those strikes killed two high ranking Iraqi officers on the Turkish-Iraqi border last month. He has been lobbying Arab nations for support for what the Iraqi foreign ministry called “a united position to force Turkey to pull out its troops who have infiltrated into Iraq."

The strikes have also claimed multiple civilian lives provoking widespread anger among Iraqi Kurds. This in turn has elevated pressure on Iraqi Kurdish leaders to prevent the Turkish attacks, which they say they are powerless to do.

Kadhimi raised the issue during talks with President Donald Trump in Washington on Aug. 20 and also with Macron, sources familiar with the substance of those exchanges told Al-Monitor.

Macron is the first head of state to visit Iraq since Kadhimi formed a new government in May. Prior to the visit, Macron said he was heading to Baghdad “to launch an initiative alongside the United Nations to support a process of sovereignty.” The message was directed as much at Iran and the United States as it was at Turkey, which has several thousand troops inside northern Iraq scattered across over a dozen bases.

Abbas Kadhim, director of the Iraq Initiative at the Atlantic Council, a think tank based in Washington, lamented the rising tensions between Iraq and Turkey, saying they have important mutual interests. “The best way to handle the disputes among them is by negotiation with the understanding that, if they don’t go far, Iraq would go to the UN Security Council and other international entities,” he told Al-Monitor.

“All this can be done without disturbing the economic relations. If that fails, then the economic leverage should be used as a last resort,” Kadhim added. Iraq is Turkey’s fourth largest market for exports. Baghdad holds another critical card. Its demanding around $25 billion in compensation from Ankara in an international arbitration court for allowing the Iraqi Kurds to export their oil independently of Iraq’s central government via a purpose built pipeline running from oil fields in Iraqi Kurdistan to Turkey’s southern Mediterranean port of Ceyhan. The court is likely to rule in Baghdad’s favor. The tribunal has delayed its decision because Iraq asked it to do so in response to Ankara’s request for time.

It’s unclear whether Barzani’s trip to Ankara was preplanned. Sources in Barzani’s entourage were adamant that it was scheduled in advance, part of an effort “to clear the air” between the sides.

“Internally divided and still unrecovered from the 2017 independence referendum, the KRG strives for relevance,” contended Bilal Wahab, a Wagner fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “A risk that concerns KRG leaders is being sidelined by a possible deal between Ankara and Baghdad over borders, oil and the PKK."

“Yet, the KRG can play a significant role in helping both sides. This is manifest in Sinjar, which has become a new Kirkuk in terms of complexity. The KRG has also sought relevance by actively engaging coordination among Syrian Kurds,” Wahab told Al-Monitor in emailed comments.

Wahab was alluding to the oil rich province which the Kurds lost to Iraqi forces following their ill-fated referendum, and which the Kurds say rightfully belongs to them.

Barzani’s visit to Ankara, said Ramzy Mardini, an associate at the University of Chicago's Pearson Institute, which studies conflict resolution, “was likely prompted by Macron’s visit to Baghdad."

“Given the competition between France and Turkey over Libya and the eastern Mediterranean, it would only be incumbent on Erdogan to try to balance out Macron’s warming relations with Iraq’s elites, while also gleaning on what the French president is up to with his neighbor," he said.

Mardini continued, “It’s hard to see how Erdogan doesn’t interpret Macron’s use of his sovereignty initiative against foreign interference in Iraq as a way of undermining Turkish foreign policy. Macron’s successful trip to Baghdad comes weeks after Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was denied a scheduled visit given Turkey’s ongoing military operations in northern Iraq, and in recent years the French president’s relations with the Kurds have warmed, with exchanges in delegations and visits in Paris and Erbil.”

“Given its stronger relationship with Baghdad, France is in a unique position to play an external mediating role between the KRG and the Kadhimi government that Turkey is in no position to fulfill. This gives the Kurds an important outside relationship other than Ankara that they need maintained and strengthened, especially now given their current economic woes.

France, not Turkey, helped mediate to break the deadlock between the governments in Erbil and Baghdad that followed the Kurdistan referendum for independence. I suspect the visit of France’s president, especially during the current dire circumstances for Iraq, is only likely to enhance France’s mediating role and influence,” Mardini concluded.

Macron has emerged in recent months as Erdogan’s biggest bugbear. The French president has pushed back against Turkey’s muscle-flexing in the eastern Mediterranean, sending warships in support of Greece. France and Turkey have also butted heads over Libya. Turkey accuses France of backing the eastern warlord Khalifa Hifter.

Cavusoglu, who held a breakfast meeting with Barzani today, said “In Libya they (France) supported the putschist Haftar and made a grave mistake. Things changed, balances shifted, Hifter was defeated and Macron became hysterical."

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:04 pm

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A Yazidi woman, Hadiya Hussein, won a three-year-long legal battle for the custody of her two estranged siblings in a Turkish court, news website Duvar reported on Friday

Hussein had lost trace of her siblings after an Islamic State (ISIS) member Turkmen family smuggled the children, now aged 9 and 11, into Turkey following the attack by the jihadist group on Iraq’s Yazidi heartland of Sinjar in 2014.

The family attempted to register the children as their own, but the children were taken into state custody and placed in a foster home after a Turkish social worker alerted authorities.

Hussein had been abducted by ISIS during the 2014 attack, and was freed when in 2017 her family tracked her down in a dark web auction and paid off her captors. After she tracked down her siblings, a Turkish court demanded that she prove her parents’ death in order to return custody.

As the parents were possibly buried in a mass grave, the United Nations Investigative Team to Promote Accountability for Crimes Committed by ISIS (UNITAD) got involved with the case.

The story drew international attention, with journalist Hale Gönültaş receiving a journalism prize over her coverage. Hussein’s years-long efforts had been an international diplomatic problem for Ankara, Duvar said, and another chapter began for Hussein when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was informed and took action to resolve the situation.

Erdoğan personally handed over the two children to Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Nechirvan Barzani following their meeting in Ankara on Friday.

The children were taken back to Iraqi Kurdistan, and were reunited with their sister in Erbil.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:12 pm

Families of killed Yezidis to get $8,320

The Iraqi government will provide families of Yezidis killed by the Islamic State (ISIS) with a 10 million dinar ($8,320) support grant upon their return to Shingal

Announcement of the grant came from Tariq al-Mandalawi, head of the government martyrs' foundation's Department of Victims of Terrorism and Military Operations, to the Iraqi state-run al-Sabaah newspaper on Sunday.

“The department will grant an amount of 10 million dinars to the families of the martyrs [Yezidis] after they complete their arrangements at government institutions for their return,” Mandalawi said.

The Yezidi ethnoreligious minority lived mainly in the Nineveh district of Shingal before it was attacked by ISIS in August 2014, in what has been recognised by many states as genocide. Many Yezidi men and elderly people were killed, and young women and girls sold into sexual slavery.

Mandalawi said his department has put the number of Yezidis killed or still missing since 2014 at over 7,000. According to figures released on Wednesday by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Office for Rescuing Kidnapped Yezidis, 6,417 members of the ethnoreligious community were kidnapped by ISIS; 2,880 remain missing.

Much of Shingal still lies in ruins, five years its liberation. Several security forces and militias are vying for control of Shingal, further hindering the return of Yezidis to the area.

Governor of Nineveh Najm al-Jabouri told Iraqi state media outlet INA on Wednesday that "thousands of Yezidi families" have returned to Shingal so far, and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and military officials have agreed in the last few days “to facilitate the return of displaced Yezidis,” most of whom live in camps or houses in Duhok province.

The return home of Yezidis was discussed in a meeting on Monday between Iraqi president Barham Salih and displacement and migration minister Ivan Fayaq.

The two officials reviewed work led by Fayaq to "encourage the displaced to return" and "rebuild the liberated areas," according to a statement from her ministry.

Salih "affirmed his support" for ending displacement and providing a "safe and stable life" for Yezidis and other displaced persons, the statement added.

Mandalawi said his department recently opened an office in the Nineveh province town of Sheikhan which will “compensate them [Yezidi families] as part of the process of returning families to their hometown,” he said.

The Iraqi government has also opened an office in Shingal to aid returnees, Yezidi non-profit organisation Yazda said in a statement on Wednesday.

“We value the efforts of the government for stabilizing Sinjar (Shingal), and we hope that the government will accelerate the process of returning IDPs to their homes, and compensate the survivors and victims of the genocide,” the organisation said in response to the opening.

French president Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed international support for the Yezidis during his visit to Baghdad last week.

“We will do our best to help you especially in Shingal, helping the Yezidis," Macron said during his joint press conference with Kadhimi.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:19 pm

Anticipation and apprehension for Yazidis

In three weeks, 900 internally displaced families have left Sardasht camp to return to their homes elsewhere in Shingal, according to the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement

Yezidi IDPs have been living in camps like Sardasht since 2014, when the Islamic State (ISIS) ravaged the Yezidi heartland of Shingal.

While some camp residents like Sardasht camp mukhtar Khalid Ali are ready to return, others don't want to go back to housing inadequate for even the most basic of their needs.

"My house is built with clay bricks and the roof is leaking water," Khalid Ali, an IDP from Shingal said. "It has no door or windows.

How can I go back to a house that leaks?"

The Iraqi government and its Ministry of Migration and Displacement have decided that all IDPs at Sardasht camp, where 2,300 families once lived, are to return to their homes by the end of the year.

Local officials have said that more needs to be done to make Shingal a livable environment.

"We should do something for these people. There should be a committee to investigate the need [to reconstruct] houses which have been blown up," Shingal mayor Fahd Hamid said. "The Ministry of Migration and Displacement have to have mercy on these families for them to return to their hometowns and villages."

An office for the affairs of Shingal's displaced was opened by the Minister for Migration and Displacement and the Governor of Mosul on Wednesday. They have decided to give families returning to their homes in Shingal 1.5 million Iraqi dinars ($1,200).

In the last two weeks, three high-ranking Iraqi delegations have visited Shingal, with the aim of reconstructing the area and returning IDPs to their homes.

https://www.rudaw.net/english/middleeast/iraq/10092020

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Sep 16, 2020 12:47 am

Yazidis still suffering

Call for intervention in the humanitarian crisis taking place as thousands of Yazidi leave refugee camps to return to Sinjar

While the world is preoccupied with the Covid-19 pandemic, a desperate struggle to survive is taking place in Northern Iraq/Kurdistan. Today the Women Refugees Advocacy Project, with the support of other organizations, issued an Open Letter to the Canadian Parliament calling for action on behalf of the Yazidi.

Hundreds of thousands of Yazidi people, displaced into refugee camps in Iraq as they ran for their lives to escape the genocidal attack against them by ISIS in 2014, are now returning to a shattered homeland in Sinjar. “The Yazidi communities are being pushed to return to Sinjar without any help or support from the local governments and without any kind of international protection,” says Rev. Majed El Shafie of One Free World International, recently returned from a visit to the region. “They don't even have the basic support of life.”

Nadia Murad, Nobel laureate and Yazidi survivor, told us, “About half the Yazidi community remains displaced in camps, while some 120,000 people have returned home to Sinjar, many living without water, healthcare or electricity.”

Sinjar is a land shattered by ISIS: bombed out buildings, the infrastructure destroyed. They are experiencing oppressive Covid-19 policies and procedures which interfere with the already deeply inadequate medical care. The Yazidi women and girl survivors of ISIS enslavement are suffering ongoing severe trauma from torture. On top of this, ISIS planted hundreds of thousands of landmines as they retreated from Sinjar during the war.

Lloyd Axworthy, Chair of the World Refugee & Migration Council, has stated, “I urge the Canadian government to explore every potential diplomatic and political strategy to protect and aid the Yazidi refugees as they return to Sinjar. Action must be taken quickly.”

On August 27, a medical doctor in Sinjar spoke to the Women Refugees Advocacy Project: “It is not good here in Sinjar. The water here is bad; you have to buy drinking water. People who cannot afford to buy water are drinking from the wells and are suffering gastro-intestinal diseases. Electricity is a big problem; you have to have a generator.

The one hospital here has only 20-beds, with no operating theatre and staff. Mental health problems are a disaster among the Yazidi, who now have the highest suicide rate in the world. There are some Yazidi who are trying to clean up and rebuild their destroyed homes but it is dangerous because of all the landmines. And Turkey has bombed Mount Sinjar 100 times in the last few months. We appeal to any government or organization for help.”

Senator Mobina Jaffer reflected, “There are so many issues to attend to in the world, and among the most forgotten people are the Yazidi. We are holding the press conference to raise awareness to the plight of the Yazidi, especially the women and girls. We can no longer ignore them, it’s time to act.”

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:11 pm

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Kelley Eckels Currie, the US Secretary of State's Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues spoke to Rudaw's Hevidar Zana last week

When asked by Zana what support the US administration is offering Yezidi and Kurdish women, Currie said:

"Since the beginning of the civil war in Syria as well as the rise of ISIS we've seen that women and girls have been extremely terrorized and have been the most severe victims of the crisis that has cut across Iraq and Syria, both in the terms of the refugees that have flown out of Syria and Iraq as well as those who are still in those countries suffering from abuses from extremist groups and then the challenges even after the extremist groups have been defeated, the challenges don't go away for these women."

"We've worked with Yezidi House, and we've worked with a number of other groups that specifically assist the Yezidi women and girls and the communities as a whole. Because the trauma affects the whole communities. And in order to help women and girls get able to return to these communities and we integrated into them that you have to address the border concerns of the community. So, we have been doing a lot of that through our assistance programs as well as through our diplomacy. And we've found the Kurdistan Regional Government to be a very good partner in this regard."

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