Iraqi Ministry announces the return of 100 Yazidis to Sinjar
Ministry of Migration and Displaced Persons of Iraq announced on August 8, 2023, that 100 Yazidis had returned to their hometowns in Sinjar. The displaced Yazidis arrived from the camps of Dahuk province in Iraqi Kurdistan with the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Minister for Migration and Displaced Persons Evan Faik Jabro reaffirmed her office's commitment to facilitating the reintegration of IDPs into their communities by offering a range of basic services and humanitarian support. She said that the Ministry is working to provide the necessary infrastructure and security for the return of IDPs to Sinjar.
The return of 100 Yazidis is a positive step, but it is important to note that the vast majority of Yazidis displaced by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014 have not yet returned to their homes. There are still many problems that need to be solved before the full return of Yazidis to Sinjar can be carried out.
One of the biggest problems is the security situation in Sinjar. There are still disputes over this area between ISIS, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and the government of Iraq. This insecurity prevents Yazidis from returning home and rebuilding their lives.
Another problem is the lack of basic infrastructure in Sinjar. Many homes and businesses were destroyed during the ISIS occupation. The Iraqi Government and the international community must invest in the reconstruction of Sinjar to make it a safe and livable place for the return of Yazidis.
The return of 100 Yazidis is an encouraging sign, but it is important to remember that there is still a lot of work to be done before the full return of Yazidis to Sinjar can be carried out. The Iraqi Government, the international community and Yazidis themselves must work together to solve the problems that still exist in Sinjar. Only then will the full return of the Yezidis to their homes become possible.
In addition to the problems mentioned above, there are also concerns about the treatment of Yazidis by the Iraqi Government. The Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displaced Persons has been criticized for its treatment of Yazidis, with some accusing the Ministry of "irresponsibility". There have also been reports of discrimination against Yazidis in Iraq both by government officials and by the general population.