Body of missing father found, search for daughter continues

Farouk Mirza, 42-years-old Ezidi IDP, was found dead days after his disappearance, and his daughter Akhnin, 6, is still missing. Photo shared by relatives with KirkukNow

By Ammar Aziz in Duhok

The security services found the body of Farouk Mirza, the 42-years-old father was found dead by police, and the search is still underway for his six-years-old daughter, both went missing since August 4th.

Farouk Mirza, an Ezidi (Yazidi) Internally Displaced Person IDP resides Cham Mishko camp in Zakho district of Duhok Northern Province, goes out with his six-years-old daughter Akhnin last Thursday, to a farm in Bedare near Zakho General Hospital.

Seve Bapir, Farouk's wife, confirmed to KirkukNow the finding her husband dead, but she said that his body is still in the forensic medicine department and has not been delivered to them yet (at around 10:30 am Baghdad time, Tuesday 9 August).

“I appeal to and beg the security services to reveal the fate of my daughter,” Bapir was sobbing.

According to previous statements by the families and relatives, Mirza and his missing daughter went with his daughter to a farm of a relative only half an hour away from the cam.

A source in the Zakho police told (KirkukNow), "Farouq's body was found in that farm, but the fate of his daughter is unknown, so we are still searching and we do not know whether she is alive or not."

Mirza’s wife earlier told KirkukNow she suspects the farm owners who told them two different stories.

“The next day (Friday), his friend called and said Farooq stayed with him until 10 pm, then with his daughter left the farm in a taxi,” Bapir recalls.

"Farooq's friend spoke to my brother on the phone again and changed the story. This time he said he had an argument with Farooq before leaving the farm, yet he has not been arrested so far.”

Farooq's family are from Borik community of Shingal (Sinjar) district, home to the Ezidi community in Ninewa province. He is father of four other daughters, the youngest of whom is one-year-old.

There are more than 664,000 IDPs in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq KRI, some of whom are staying in 26 camps in Duhok, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah provinces. They are reluctant to return home due to lack of stability, reconstruction and job opportunities.

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