Source: Firat News, Peace in Kurdistan Campaign; edited by Roj Women
Speaking to Al Arabia TV, Christian priest Enis Hana El Demniki stated that the ISIS gangs are a serious threat to the region and that many families had been displaced from their homes.
Enis Hana El Demniki said: “they are forcing people to convert to Islam. They are capturing women and forcing girls to marry them. These things are not just being done to Christians, but also to our Yezidi sisters and brothers”.
Stating that hundreds of women had been captured, Enis Hana El Demniki said: “over 700 women have been sent to market in Mosul order to be sold as concubines. Each woman is sold for 150 dollars. The ISIS gangs also capture women and force them to marry gang members”.
Saying that Yezidis and Turkmen in Tuz Khurmatu are also being subjected to massacres by ISIS gangs, Enis Hana El Demniki added: “ISIS gangs make people’s lives miserable with fatwas and coercion. Watching television, playing football, and women working are totally forbidden by the ISIS gangs.”
Whether Parliament is recalled over the crisis in Iraq or not, nonetheless MPs will soon be returning to Westminster and without a doubt the issue will be among the top priorities of upcoming sessions.
This is why it is critical that our MPs – the people elected to represent you and your views – are not only informed properly about what is going on, but are also pushed to pressure the government and put our issues on the agenda. The media has followed events in Iraq closely. However, information about the greater impact of ISIS in Syria and the Middle East, the years of violence perpetrated by them against Rojava, the leading role of the YPG and PKK in the front against ISIS, the humanitarian efforts of Syrian Kurdish people and indeed, the existence of Rojava entirely, have been limited if not ignored completely in high-level discussions of how Britain should act in response to the crisis.
For the first time in two years, the vast humanitarian crisis caused by the brutality of ISIS against the Kurds has been thrust into the public eye, forcing the UK to make some critical decisions about how to act. This is in an opportunity to influence how government makes those decisions.
Peace in Kurdistan has drafted a model letter which you can use to send to your local MP. You can simply add the date and sign it, or you can use this as a guide to write you own. There is also this KNK Information File for more information. To find out who your local MP is, check here. You can download a model letter from here or write your own!