Tag Archives: yazidis

Yazidi Suicide Wave

A veritable suicide wave is plaguing the Yazidi community in northern Iraq. Since the beginning of 2012, 12 young people committed suicide. The causes are to be found in the lack of proper psychosocial help, unemployment, hopelessness, and half a decade living in tents. The political wrangling between various parties for control of Sinjar means […]

UN envoy visits Sinjar and calls for a fast implementation of the Sinjar agreement

According to Iranian Kurdistan Human Rights Watch, United Nations envoy to Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert has called for a speedy implementation of the Sinjar agreement reached between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) on efforts to normalize conditions and alleviate the current hardships of the Yezidi people who live there. Hennis-Plasschaert’s comments came […]

A Kurdish Yazidi mother shouting loudly: PKK kidnapped my 15-year-old son

In an iterview, a Kurdish Yazidi mother in Sinjar/Shangal said, “The PKK kidnapped and took my son. My son is only 15 years old and should not be armed with a gun. My son did not go at will, but the PKK forced him. I have not heard from my son for six months.” The […]

Heydar Shasho: With the PKK’s leaving Sinjar, Security will come to the region

“The situation of the Yazidi Kurds in Sinjar is dire, and if this trend continues, no bright future can be seen for them,” said Heydar Shasho, commander of the Sinjar Defense Forces (HPŞ). “The problem of the Yazidis in Sinjar/Shangal is only the presence of armed groups, and we know that these groups are also […]

Yazidi protest against the PKK intensifies in Sinjar

Mount Shangal/Sinjar witnesses mass demonstrations against the presence and actions of the PKK. The Yazidi Kurds of Sinjar have once again rallied and chanted slogans against the PKK in recent weeks. “The PKK is a serious threat to Sinjar and the Yazidis. It has abducted dozens of our young girls and boys, who are now […]