Two years ago – but still not over yet
August 3rd 2014 – August 3rd 2016
Commemoration held by the Central Council of Yazidis in Germany, on the occasion of the second anniversary of the genocide of Yazidis in Shingal, Iraq.
On the second anniversary of the attacks on Yazidis in the Shingal Mountains, North-Iraq, conducted by the Islamic State (IS), the Central Council of Yazidis in Germany reminded us that the genocide is not over yet.
More than 10.000 Yazidis have been killed, about 6.000 women and girls have been raped and enslaved. Over 400.000 Yazidis had to flee their homes – the Shingal area is traditionally the biggest settlement area of the Yazidi people. There are still 3.200 relatives in the hands of IS, many of them held as sex slaves.
In a moving service, the Central Council of Yazidis, located in Oldenburg bewailed the still desperate situation of Yazidi refugees in Iraq, Turkey and Greece.
Sister Hatune has visited Shingal several times during the last two years and we reported extensively on her travels to the area. Our co-worker Anne Retzlaff participated in the event, representing her and the Hatune Foundation.
With 120.000 members, Germany has the biggest Yazidi community outside Iraq. And Germany is definitely the country that did the most for Yazidi refugees. But even here the refugees do not have peace as they subjected to harassment at the refugee homes. And living with their relatives and friends is hindered by bureaucratic obstacles.
The Central Council supports all Yazidis in political, social and personal matters. Simultaneously, it develops concrete political demands that would make it feasible for them to return to their homeland and live in safety there.
The most important preconditions will be the complete vanquishing of IS and its expulsion from the entire area, and the buildup of the Autonomous Region of Kurdistan. Secession is not an option for the Yazidis. Further demands of the Central Council are:
- Serious steps to free all Yazidi captives – now
- Participation of Yazidis and Christians in dispense of financial aid at donor conferences and decision-making bodies
- Rebuilding of villages under own administration
- Internationally binding commitments for permanent protection
- Full-fledged participation in state and society
Throughout the memorial service at the Yazidi community center there were prayers and moments of silence, coupled with traditional flute music.
At the end of this very dignified event, all members of the community were called upon to do more for the Yazidi refugees, here and abroad.
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