IRAQI KURDISH MINORITY GROUPS IN DESPERATE NEED OF
A humanitarian catastrophe is unfolding in Iraqi Kurdistan and is
reaching disastrous proportions. Tens of thousands of Yazidi people (a
religious minority in Iraq) are trapped by ISIS-Islamic State (IS) forces in the
Sinjar Mountains without food and water. According to reports, 70 children
have died so far of heat and dehydration. Hundreds more are likely to die in
the coming days. An estimated 100,000 Iraqi Arabs along with Christians,
Shabak, Yazidi and other minorities have fled their homes, under threat, and
are attempting to enter the area of northern Iraq controlled by the Kurdistan
Regional Government, a region already stretched beyond capacity with over 1
million of internally displaced persons from the conflict with IS and refugees
from Syria. Those who cannot leave their homes risk kidnapping, rape,
torture and gruesome death.
Such a situation is intolerable. The international community needs to
move quickly to provide help and support to the Yazidi people before more
Christian Peacemaker Team – Iraqi Kurdistan asks people everywhere
to join a nonviolent army of voices to call for aid and assistance for this
beleaguered region. Please contact everyone you know—individuals, groups,
faith communities—to contact their governments and other leaders for an
outpouring of aid and support!
• Governments and people in power to negotiate with forces within and
beyond IS to cease attacks on civilians
• For international agencies-government to deliver water, food and
humanitarian assistance to the Yazidi people trapped on the Sinjar
• For additional aid to relief agencies such as the United Nations and
others as well as individual support of other reputable groups.
Take further action:
• Hold a public event or vigil in your community to show support for
the Yazidi and other Iraqi people who suffer from the violence and
• Remain informed about the on going crisis and be alert to ways you
can bring change.
• Encourage everyone possible to do the above!
CALL FOR URGENT ACTION