When the plight of Yazidi victims was highlighted last month by way of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Yazidi survivor Nadia Murad, the city continues to be mainly uninhabitable. Contrary to somewhere else in Iraq wherever reconstruction is gradually occurring, in Sinjar it never ever even started out. Meanwhile Sunni Muslim neighbours are scared to return, fearing reprisals from community users or nearby security forces.
The Norwegian Refugee Council is releasing interviews with Yazidi survivors from Sinjar.
“Three years considering that the retaking of Sinjar from Islamic Condition group, this place is even now a ghost town,” claimed NRC’s media coordinator in Iraq, Tom Peyre-Costa, who collected the interviews. “Streets are empty, you barely see anybody. Hundreds of 1000’s of Yazidis are even now displaced throughout the nation and can not appear back because of safety concerns and also due to the fact of the deficiency of primary products and services this kind of as h2o and energy. There is an urgent need to have to rebuild schools and hospitals if not this place is heading to stay empty.”
NRC’s needs assessment in Sinjar observed that it urgently lacks wellness centres, faculties and stability. Persons who fled from Sinjar also report significant stages of psychological distress necessitating long term psychosocial assistance.
NRC has spokespeople accessible in Iraq and in the region.
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Showcased impression: Yazidi young children in a displacement camp in the vicinity of Dohuk. Photo: Tom Peyre-Costa/NRC