Over the weekend the towns of Sinjar and Zumar fell to an ISIS onslaught that saw the majority of the town’s population flee in panic. Both Sinjar and Zumar are largely populated by Kurds of the Yazidi faith. For fear of persecution by the terrorist group ISIS, the Yazidi Kurds fled north towards the mountains for cover. That being said, many were unfortunate and their fate was ultimately sealed by the terrorists.
The Kurdistan Regional Government is doing its utmost to provide support to the people who are fleeing persecution.The KRG is also asking the international community to offer its hand of assistance in order to prevent a human catastrophe from taking place in the region.
As a result of the recent events, the Kurdish forces, at the command of the KRG’s President Masoud Barzani, have changed from a defensive to an offensive mode in order to re-take Sinjar and Zumar so as stability can be restored and the Yazidi Kurds can return to their homes and continue with their lives as soon as possible.
The Kurdistan Regional Government is committed to ensuring that ethnic and religious minorities live in peace, free from the fear of persecution and free to conduct their cultural and religious practices.