Ezidi Displaced Families Struggle to Survive Camp Bitter Life

September 6, 2018 at 10:24 am

A woman and her son walk along IDPs Camp muddy pathway, Duhok

Ammar Aziz, Duhok

Kachino Qolo, an Ezidi woman in her 30s is helplessly sitting beside her starving three children in a tent under extremely high temperatures which have reached 45 degrees.

Kachino lives in Cham Mishko Camp in the province of Duhok.

In August 2014 when her hometown Shangal was seized by ISIS terrorist group, Kachino along with 31 members of her family and relatives were captured and had to spend 18 months in ISIS prisons.

Describing the harshness of life in the camp Kachino says “ Food rations are scarce. We are given only 20 thousand Iraqi dinars a month which is almost nothing”.

“Some days I can’t find anything to feed the children and they cry from starvation”, she said while trying to hold back her tears.

In early 2016, after being ransomed for 70 thousand US dollars provided by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Kachino Qolo and her family were freed from ISIS captivity and now they live in a camp.

 

After Mosul and its surrounding areas were recaptured, aid supplies which were provided for the camps have been decreasing, causing distress and hardship for the displaced families.

“Despite the exhausting high temperatures we get only 3 hours of electricity during the day, and 5 hours during the night”,  Kachino says.

Kochino’s husband is ill and unable to work and care for the family, especially the kids who need more attention.

Although they had often thought about leaving their miserable life behind and migrating like many other Ezidi families who headed to Europe, they cannot afford that too.

 

Eido Khalaf, another Ezidi man who had to flee from Shangal, spoke of other daily problems they have to face including drinking water shortages, and the lack of toilets in the camp.

Khalaf said, “We die every day here in this camp. Most of the tents are worn out and not suitable for living”.

Eido Khalaf, who has been living in this camp since November 2014, lost 50 members of his family and relatives who were mass slaughtered by ISIS.

The Duhok administration has been doing its utmost to assist the displaced families but the burden seems to be too heavy.

Akram Fatah, head of the IDPs committee at the Duhok provincial council says, “the committee continuously visits the camps and deliver their complaints to the Duhok administration”.

Duhok camps are now home to an estimated 600,000 IDPs from Mosul and other Iraqi provinces.

There are 17 camps for Ezidi displaced families who are still unable to return to Shangal.

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