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Religious Cleansing in Iraq

by Joël Voordewind, Member of Parliament of the Netherlands of the Christian Union Party.

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010 at 08:00 PM CT


Religious Cleansing in Iraq: Report of a Working Visit to Northern Iraq Religious Cleansing in Iraq: Report of a Working Visit to Northern Iraq

Introduction

I trust this report of my working visit will contribute to an increased knowledge about the terrible circumstances in which minorities like the Assyrian Christians (Chaldeans, Syriacs and other Christian communities), but also the Shabaks, the Yazidis and the Turkmen are living in on the Nineveh Plains in Northern Iraq. Around 100,000 refugees of these minority groups have fled from their houses from cities like Baghdad and Basra due to threats, kidnappings, or after the killing of husbands or sons. These minorities are not protected by any (armed) force like the Shiite, the Sunni and the Kurds. They stay in small villages north of Mosul, but the threat is still present and this area has also been declared as unsafe. As a result, international humanitarian aid organizations are not entering this area to provide them with the necessary aid. In the last chapter I will list 8 political recommendations that can improve the situation of these displaced people. I call on the reader to take to heart the situation of these displaced people, including so many widows and orphans.

I would like to thank Ms. Attiya Tunc of the Assyria Foundation - Netherlands for organizing this fact finding mission to Northern Iraq and her pleasant cooperation. Also thanks to the Assyrian Democratic Movement (ADM | English | Arabic) and Assyrian Patriotic Party (APP) for taking care of our safety during our visit to Iraq. Finally I would like to thank Josine Wiskerke for her substantive support and to Ruben Timman for taking the photos during this visit and providing them for this report.

Joël Voordewind
Member of Parliament of the Netherlands of the Christian Union Party



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