BCF’s Statement on Anniversary of Sinjar Genocide by ISIS

 

On August 3, 2014, residents of Sinjar region and its surrounding areas in the west of Nineveh Province faced the most heinous crime at the hands of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). As a result, thousands of people from the Ezdi community were massacred and abducted by the extremist organization. Moreover, 400,000 others fled their homes and sought refuge in Mount Sinjar where they experienced harshest moments due to lack of basic needs, such as food, water and shelter. The situation led to a humanitarian crisis.

 

As we commemorate the anniversary of this heartbreaking disaster, we remind all that Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) has spared no efforts to help the beloved people of Sinjar (Shingal) since day one. The BCF made utmost efforts to deliver life-saving aid to the stranded people on Sinjar mountain in coordination with Kurdistan Region and Iraqi governments. The BCF was able to send food, water and other daily needs to the mountain by helicopters. The assistance was of enormous significance in preventing a serious humanitarian crisis.

 

After the siege of the town was lifted, the BCF, under the recommendation of H.E. Masoud Barzani and under the direct supervision of Mr Masrour Barzani, the head of the BCF founding board, has been delivering all types of humanitarian aid to the area for the past four years. Ever since the foundation has sent hundreds of aid batches to Mount Sinjar by land. The assistance included food, hygiene supplies, children’s needs, household equipment and others. Meanwhile, the BCF opened an office in Sinjar to facilitate the delivery of the aid to displaced Ezdi people settled in Mount Sinjar. It also established a school, a health centre, and a cultural centre for those IDPs. Moreover, the foundation, in cooperation with other humanitarian parties, conducted a water project in the area which covers the everyday needs of IDPs for clean water. This humanitarian step of the BCF put an end to the hardships of thousands of people resulted from lack of food and other essential life needs.

 

We take this opportunity to call on the international community to recognize the Ezdis genocide by ISIS and help those affected. On the anniversary of this turmoil, we also demand the UN agencies and the world countries to scale up their humanitarian aid to the internally displaced persons across the Kurdistan Region, especially the Ezdis in order to help them recover from the brutal atrocities carried out against them and start a new life.

 

The BCF takes the utmost pride in assisting the Sinjar IDPs and all Iraqi IDPs who sought refuge in the safe areas of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. We hope their war-affected areas will soon be reconstructed and they return to their places of origin to start a new life.