Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Displaced Iraq Yazidis left hungry and desperate  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - AFP - 17/08/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - AFP) Scores of Yazidis, mainly children, who fled as jihadists overran their villages in northern Iraq are now sheltering in an abandoned construction site on the outskirts of Dohuk city.

While they have found safety in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region, the members of the Yazidi religious minority have little to celebrate, having lost loved ones, homes and their belongings.

Four-year-old Alia, who arrived with five relatives, sobs with hunger on her mother Hazika Ahmed's knees.

Alia, her three siblings, mother and grandfather now sleep on mattresses provided by local residents, surviving on just one meal a day and with no medical care.

The children's father Nuweil Qassem Murad, a shepherd, was kidnapped by the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group as its fighters advanced in Iraq's Nineveh province from August 3, targeting minority groups and forcing many to flee.

"We would have been better off if we'd died in our homes," says Hazika, 25.

She tries to keep calm, but half way through her interview with AFP, she too bursts into tears.

- 'The children saw everything' -

"The children saw it all on Mount Sinjar. They saw the killing, the gunfire," Hazika says of the place where thousands of people were trapped by the jihadists for more than 10 days.

"We had to walk for hours as we fled upwards onto the mountain. We had no food, no water to give them.

"Now we're here, and though we are safer, we've lost everything - our homes, our clothes, our money, our gold, everything," Hazika says, lips quivering.

"The only reason we are still alive is by God's grace. But no one has done anything for us here.

"The children want their father," Hazika says. "Every day, things get harder. What is going to happen to uswhen the cold winter months arrive"

At the construction site, families are sleeping on the first two floors of an unfinished five-storey building.

They cook food donated to them by local Kurdish tribes, but the food is not enough for their growing numbers, they say.

There are no toilets, no walls, and in order to reach the first floor, people must climb a shaky wooden ladder.

Hazika's five-year-old son Lawi's eyes are swollen, probably from the sand and dust constantly blowing through their makeshift home.

- Exposed to the elements -

"We have cried so much for the children that we have no more tears to shed," says school principal Samir Darwish, who is also among those living at the site.

Some of the children in the unfinished building are starting to get sick, says Darwish, a thin man with a short black beard.

"They are constantly exposed to the elements. It's inhumane," he says.

Many of the children sleeping at the site should be starting school within less than two weeks, but Darwish says there appear to be no plans for them to return to lessons.

Nine-year-old Dalia, wearing a T-shirt with two pink ponies printed on the front, says she misses her classmates, but she doesn't know where many of them are now.

"I finished third grade. I like school very much but I think I will miss school this year."

The IS advance in Nineveh province, which borders Dohuk, forced some 200,000 people to flee their homes.

Thousands of women and children are also said to have been kidnapped, and many men are feared to have been summarily killed.

Many of the displaced are now living in unsanitary and poorly serviced camps, while others have taken shelter under bridges, in schools and on building sites.


 


AFP




  MENA News Headlines
 May 2 2016 - Kerry: 'Critical hours' to halt carnage in Syria's AleppoThe Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) >U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began a diplomatic push in Geneva on May 1 as world powers seek to halt the mounting violence in Syria's Aleppo Province. ...

 May 2 2016 - Turkey begins making its debut hibious assault shipThe Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) >Turkey has launched the building phase of its amphibious landing platform dock (LPD) warship for the Turkish Naval Forces with a ceremony on April 30. ...

 May 2 2016 - Coalition drones take off from Turkey hit ISIL in Syria for second dayThe Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) >Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria’s north were hit by armed drones belonging to the U.S.-led coalition on May 2. Four MQ-1 ...

 May 2 2016 - UAE- Anti-Money Laundering and Suspicious Cases Unit and Financial Services Regulatory Authority sign MoUEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) ABU DHABI 2nd May 2016 (WAM)-- The Anti-Money Laundering and Suspicious Cases Unit (AMLSCU) at the Central Bank of the UAE and the Financial Services ...

 May 2 2016 - Saif bin Zayed visits NMC Pavilion at Abu Dhabi International Book FairEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) ABU DHABI 2nd May 2016 (WAM) H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior today visited the National ...

 May 2 2016 - Knowledge without Borders participates in 26th Abu Dhabi International Book FairEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) SHARJAH 2nd May 2016 (WAM) -- Knowledge without Borders KwB the Sharjah-based cultural project that works to promote reading and literature throughout the ...

 May 2 2016 - Dubai FDI-led mission to US spurs interest among innovators and knowledge-based industriesEmirates News Agency (WAM)
(MENAFN - Emirates News Agency (WAM)) DUBAI 2nd May 2016 (WAM) -- Dubai's ambitious growth plans as well as policy focus on competitiveness and innovation have been explained to US investors and ...

 May 2 2016 - Qatar- HE Foreign Minister Discusses Aleppo with Saudi U.S. and German FMsQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Doha May 01 (QNA) - HE the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani held on Sunday a number of separate phone calls with the Minister of Foreign Affairs ...

 May 2 2016 - Qatar- HE Foreign Minister Meets Riad HijabQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Doha May 01 (QNA) - HE the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani met here on Sunday with the Coordinator-General of the Supreme Commission for Syrian ...

 May 2 2016 - Qatar Will Continue Improving Workers' Conditions HE Minister SaysQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Doha May 01 (QNA) - HE Minister of Administrative Development Labor and Social Affairs Dr. Eissa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi said today that the State of Qatar under the ...

 May 2 2016 - Qatar Regulates All World Cup Projects Carefully Official SaysQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Doha May 01 (QNA) - Secretary-General of the Supreme Committee for Legacy and Delivery Hassan Al Thawadi said Sunday that all projects related to the World Cup are being ...

 May 2 2016 - Gulf Legislatures' Coordination and Follow-up Committee Convenes in DohaQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Doha May 01 (QNA) - The meeting of the coordination and follow-up committee of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States' Legislatures started here on Sunday. The ...

 May 2 2016 - Qatar- HH Sheikha Moza Attends Graduation Ceremony of HBKU's 2016 ClassQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Doha May 01 (QNA) - In the presence of HH Chairperson of Qatar Foundation (QF) Sheikha Moza bint Nasser and HE Vice Chairperson and CEO of QF Sheikha Hind bint Hamad ...

 May 2 2016 - Qatar- Minister of State for Defense Affairs Meets Senator Marco RubioQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Doha May 01 (QNA) - HE the Minister of State for Defense Affairs Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah met today with US Senator Marco Rubio a member of Senate's Intelligence ...

 May 2 2016 - UAE Foreign Minister Arrives in DohaQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Doha May 01 (QNA) - HH Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan arrived in Doha today on an official visit during which ...

 May 2 2016 - Qatar- HE Deputy Prime Minister Meets Omani AmbassadorQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Doha May 02 (QNA) - HE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Ahmed bin Abdullah Al Mahmoud met Monday with HE Ambassador of the Sultanate of ...

 May 2 2016 - Qatar- Seoul: N. Korea's April 23 SLBM Launch Ended in FailureQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Seoul May 02 (QNA) - North Korea made a false claim about the April 23 launch of its submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) multiple government sources in Seoul said ...

 May 2 2016 - Qatar- US Cruise Ship Travels to Cuba for First Time in DecadesQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Miami May 02 (QNA) - An American cruise ship is sailing to Cuba from the US the first such trip in more than 50 years. The Adoni has sailed from the port of Miami ...

 May 2 2016 - Qatar- UN: 741 People Killed in Violence across Iraq in AprilQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Baghdad May 02 (QNA) - A total of 741 Iraqis were killed and another 1374 were injured in acts of terrorism violence and armed conflict in Iraq in April 2016 a UN ...

 May 2 2016 - Qatar- Iranian President Meets South Korean CounterpartQatar News Agency
(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Tehran May 02 (QNA) - President of Iran Hassan Rouhani met Monday with President of South Korea Park Geun-hye currently visiting Tehran. During the meeting they ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help