Kurdistan Region’s political leaders call for reconstruction of Sinjar, promise to work with Baghdad

President Nechirvan Barzani decries lack of stability
Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani and Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Masrour Barzani (File)

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SULAIMANI — On the sixth anniversary of the Ezidi genocide, Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani decried that Sinjar and other places where Ezidis historically live have not been rebuilt and stabilized in order to ensure a dignified existence.

“The wounds of our Ezidi brothers and sisters still bleed and thousands of them still live in the displacement camps,” Kurdistan Region President Barzani said in a statement on Monday (August 3).

Six years ago, Islamic State (ISIS) militants attacked Sinjar district, killing approximately 5,000 Ezidis and abducting 6,800 others, subjecting them to torture, rape, enslavement, and enforced conversion. Thousands remain missing.

In his message, Barzani lamented that Sinjar has become an area where armed groups outside of the control of the state can thrive and promised that the Kurdistan Region would work with the federal government and the Nineveh provincial government to bring back stability.

During a commemorative conference on Sunday organized by advocacy group Yazda, the political dispute between Baghdad, Erbil, and Mosul was widely blamed by panelists as a contributing factor for continued instability in the district.

Barzani also said that he would work with the international community to ensure that the attack by ISIS militants is fully recognized as genocide.

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani also released a message to mark the anniversary, saying that the KRG would continue on its efforts to free those who were abducted and return them to their families.

Prime Minister Barzani also called on the federal government to provide compensation for Ezidis to enable their dignified return to Sinjar.

(NRT Digital Media)