Future of Yazidis in Sinjar is uncertain 

August 6, 2017 at 9:53 am

A Yazidi family displaced from Sinjar (August 2014)

Ali Shingali is livening in an IDP camp in Duhok and follows the news about Sinjar closely. He is from Sinjar and keen on returning to his homeland but has not decided yet. “They have taken the south, east and the west,” said Ali. “There is even no water and electricity.” Ali is one of thousands of Yazidis who were displaced on a day like this three years ago when Islamic State swept across their homeland killing, enslaving and displacing many Yazidis. 

“The main reason why we are not returning is the rivalry between various groups in Sinjar area,” Ali said. “The south is in the hands of Popular Mobilisation Forces, the west in the hands of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and Sinjar town is in the hands of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP).” Ali says as a result of the rivalry between these groups, sometimes the Yazidis become victims and there are no services. 

The Yazidis who number around 550,000 people suffered the most with 350,000 of them being displaced by Islamic State. Around 90,000 have also left Iraq all together. Ali said the future is uncertain for the Yazidis and the Yazidis do not know where to go even though their areas have been retaken completely by the security forces. 

Mirza Dnayi a civil society activist and a Yazidi says for three years the Yazidis are living in tents and nowadays in order to reach Sinjar you have to pass through six check points and each one treats you differently. 

Mahma Khalil the mayor of Sinjar says no issues of the Yazidis have been resolved. “I am also not happy, the government does not deal with the issue adequately. There has been no reconstruction, Khalil says. 

In regards with the recent murder of several people in Sinjar area, Khalil says a committee is investigating the matter but no one has been arrested yet. 


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