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KRG highlights role sheltering victims of violence

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Coordinator for International Advocacy Dindar Zebari (File)
2019-12-10

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SULAIMANI — At an event marking Human Rights Day on Tuesday (December 10), Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Coordinator for International Advocacy Dindar Zebari highlighted the role that the Region has played in sheltering victims of violence.

Zebari told reporters that more than 3,000 Ezidi captives had been freed from Islamic State (ISIS) since 2014 and the Region had facilitated travel for 200 of them to Germany for treatment and rehabilitation following their traumatic experiences.

Zebari noted that the Region was hosting more than 1 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs). According to the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC), there were 1,042,462 displaced persons in the Kurdistan Region at the end of October, about 30 percent of whom live in displacement camps.

“The Kurdistan Region took in 135,000 Christians and 360,000 displaced Ezidis into the camps,” he added

Zebari also said that the Erbil Asayish had taken 1,225 ISIS militants into custody.

Islamic State militants attacked Sinjar and the Nineveh plain on August 3, 2014 and thousands Ezidis fell to the hands of the militant group.

In a data release earlier this year, the JCC said that 3,425 Ezidis have been rescued, including 1,170 women, 337, men, 1,002, girls, and 916 boys. Another 2,992 remain missing.

Human Rights Day is celebrated annually on December 10 by countries around the world.

(NRT Digital Media)