Ali Khamenei, have supported a softer attitude toward women who don’t comply
with the official dress code
Women Take Off Their Hijabs As Hard-Liners Push Back
Child Marriages among Non-Muslims Too’: Women’s Aid Organisation, Malaysia
From The Courtroom: New Law Soon To Check Child Marriages In KP
School Protests: Muslim Women's Voices Are Being Lost In the Debate
Haj Training Camp Held for Women
Duaa is Supreme Chairwoman of the Arab Women Foundation
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Agony, Yazidi Women Torn Between Islamic State Kids And Return Home
by New Age Islam News Bureau
Radio Station Shuts Down After Threats by Suspected Taliban Over Women
A private radio station in Afghanistan has shut down after numerous threats
from a suspected Taliban commander who objected to women working as presenters,
officials at the radio station said on Monday.
incident comes as the Taliban are discussing a peace deal with the United
States that could see them re-joining mainstream society, and that has brought
new scrutiny of their attitudes to issues like women's rights and the media.
private radio station, Samaa, has been broadcasting political, religious,
social and entertainment programmes in the central province of Ghazni since
2013. Its 13 employees, including three women presenters, broadcast in
Afghanistan's two main languages — Dari and Pashto.
radio station's director, Ramez Azimi, said Taliban commanders in the area had
sent written warnings and telephoned in, to tell the radio station to stop
Taliban also came to my house and issued a threat," Azimi said. He said
the threats had forced him to suspend broadcasts.
spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied that a Taliban commander had issued the
threats. "We are trying to find details," said Mujahid.
Taliban say many people falsely identify themselves as Taliban, often in the
course of private disputes. Several districts of Ghazni are under Taliban
militants hold sway over about half of Afghanistan and they have been
intensifying their attacks despite efforts towards a peace agreement to end the
Taliban ruled most of Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001. Under their hardline
interpretation of Islamic law, women were banned from working or going to
the Taliban have recently been projecting themselves as a more moderate force.
In a recent statement they said Islam gave women rights in areas including
business and ownership, inheritance, education, work, choosing a husband,
security and well-being. But they denounced "so-called women's rights
activists" who encouraged women to defy Afghan customs.
Taliban have staged numerous deadly attacks against the media and Afghanistan
is one of the world's most dangerous countries for journalists. The Taliban say
they only target media that is biased against them.
Iran: The simple act of walking has become a display of defiance for a young
Iranian woman who often moves in Tehran’s streets without a compulsory
headscarf, or hijab.
every step, she risks harassment or even arrest by Iran’s morality police whose
job it is to enforce the strict dress code imposed after the 1979 Islamic
have to confess it is really, really scary,” the 30-year-old fire-safety
consultant said in a WhatsApp audio message, speaking on condition of anonymity
for fear of repercussions.
she is also hopeful, saying she believes the authorities find it increasingly
difficult to suppress protests as more women join in. “They are running after
us, but cannot catch us,” she said. “This is why we believe change is going to
hijab debate has further polarized Iranians at a time when the country is
buckling under unprecedented US sanctions imposed since the Trump
administration pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers
last year. It’s unclear to what extent the government can enforce hijab
compliance amid an economic malaise, including a currency collapse and rising
anecdotal evidence that more women are pushing back against the dress code,
trying to redefine red lines as they test the response of the ruling Shiite
Muslim clergy and their security agencies.
Associated Press reporter spotted about two dozen women in the streets without
a hijab over the course of nine days, mainly in well-to-do areas of Tehran — a
mall, a lakeside park, a hotel lobby.
other women, while stopping short of outright defiance, opted for loosely
draped colorful scarves that show as much hair as they cover. Even in Tehran’s
Grand Bazaar, frequented by many traditional women, most female shoppers wore
these casual hijabs. Still, a sizeable minority of women was covered
head-to-toe in black robes and tightly pulled headscarves, the so-called
struggle against compulsory headscarves first made headlines in December 2017
when a woman climbed atop a utility box in Tehran’s Revolution Street, waving
her hijab on a stick. More than three dozen protesters have been detained
since, including nine who are currently in detention, said Masih Alinejad, an
Iranian activist who now lives in New York.
attempts to silence protesters, public debate has intensified, amplified by
month, a widely watched online video showed a security agent grab an unveiled
teenage girl and violently push her into the back of a police car, prompting
Hassan Rouhani and Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have
supported a softer attitude toward women who don’t comply with the official
dress code. However, hard-liners opposed to such easing have become more
influential as the nuclear deal is faltering.
have called for harsh punishment, even lashes, arguing that allowing women to
show their hair leads to moral decay and the disintegration of families. The
judiciary recently urged Iranians to inform on women without hijabs by sending
photos and videos to designated social media accounts.
more women dress in an openly sexual way, the less we’ll have social peace,
while facing a higher crime rate,” Minoo Aslani, head of the women’s branch of
the paramilitary Basij group, told a rally last week.
gathering was attended by several thousand women in chadors. One held up a sign
reading, “The voluntary hijab is a plot by the enemy.”
lawmaker Parvaneh Salahshouri said coercion does not work. “What we see is that
the morality police have been a failure,” said Salahshouri, who wears a
headscarf out of religious belief.
hijab rules through legislation is unlikely because of the constraints on
parliament, she said.
women should engage in non-violent civil disobedience, Salahshouri said. She
cautioned that it’s a slow, difficult road, but that “Iranian women have not
given up their efforts.”
hijab controversy goes back to the mid-1930s when police forced women to take
off their hijabs, part of a Westernization policy by then-Shah Reza Pahlavi.
Under his son and successor, women could choose. Western apparel was common
among the elite.
2018 survey by a parliament research center indicates that most women wear a
casual hijab and only 13% opt for a chador.
have changed. In 1980, two-thirds believed women should wear hijabs. Today,
fewer than 45% approve of government intervention in the issue, the research
has seen waves of anti-government protests, including an outcry after a 2009
election many contended was stolen by hard-liners. Those with economic
grievances frequently protest.
the activist, argued the campaign against forced hijabs carries symbolic
weight, saying that mandatory headscarves were “the symbol that the Iranian government
used to take the whole society hostage.”
recent years, she has posted videos and photos of activists, including of women
filming themselves as they walk in the streets without a headscarf. Alinejad
said she receives more than 20 images a day, but posts only some.
activists in Iran take risks.
March, human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has represented female
protesters, was sentenced to 38.5 years in prison, of which she must serve 12,
according to her husband.
April, activists Yasaman Aryani, her mother Monireh Arabshahi and Mojgan
Keshavarz were arrested after posting a video showing them without headscarves
in the Tehran metro. In the video, they distributed flowers to female
passengers and spoke of a day when women have the freedom to choose.
have pushed boundaries more gradually.
30-year-old fire-safety consultant said she tries to avoid policemen when she
walks the streets without a hijab. She said she grudgingly complies with the
dress code when she delivers lectures or sings in a mixed choir — activities
she would otherwise be barred from.
the high-end Palladium Mall in northern Tehran, several shoppers casually
ignored a sign reminding customers that the hijab is mandatory. One woman only
pulled up her scarf, which was draped around her shoulders, when she stepped
into an elevator and found herself next to a security guard.
20-year-old Paniz Masoumi sat on the stone steps of a plaza. She had dyed some
of her hair blue, but kept that funky patch hidden under a loose scarf.
said police recently impounded her car for two weeks, fining her amid claims
that a traffic camera snapped her with a below-standard hijab.
hijabs were voluntary, she’d throw off hers, Masoumi said. But for now, “I am
not looking for trouble.”
JAYA: Women’s groups and academicians want the government to seriously look
into the rising number of child marriages among non-Muslims in the country,
saying that the previous debate had focused too much on Muslims.
rise of child marriages among non-Muslims is perhaps due to urban poverty and
the lack of comprehensive sex education.
is time for the government to look into the increasing statistics and to
understand what policies should be in place, and how we should combat this
rise,” said Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) assistant treasurer Meera Samanther.
who is also the Association of Women Lawyers vice-president, said in view of
the statistics by the National Registration Department (NRD), child marriages
should not be seen as mostly involving Muslim youths.
youths, regardless of their religious background, were also getting involved in
sexual activities from as young as 10 or 12, she said, adding that it was also
worrying that there was a lack of information on the ages of the partners the
girls were marrying.
Aziah said her research in 2017 showed that there were only 15 cases of huge
age gaps among the 2,143 Muslim child marriage cases she looked into.
rest of these Muslim marriages were children marrying children and also
children between the ages of 16 and 18 marrying those in their twenties. These
are boyfriend and girlfriend cases,” she added.
Women’s Alliance For Family and Quality Education (Wafiq) president Assoc Prof
Dr Rafidah Hanim Mokhtar said if child marriage continued to be addressed as a
Muslim issue, then the issue would be neglected in many non-Muslim communities.
Orang Asli, for example. They also have a high number of child marriages and
there could be problems where they don’t go to schools. So when we talk about
child marriages, do not subject them to religion or even ethnicity,” she said.
Rafidah believes that there are many child marriages in Sabah and Sarawak as
well as a high number of teenage pregnancies, adding that this issue goes “hand
Rafidah said before the government or social activists could talk about banning
child marriages in the country, crucial issues such as the accessibility of
children to education had to be made a priority.
can you talk about making it compulsory not to marry but you don’t have
schools? Some of them don’t even have (exam) certificates to begin with.
need education. We must have these infrastructures before we impose these very
strict laws,” she added.
from the Courtroom: New law soon to check child marriages in KP
over five years of deliberations by different stakeholders, the social welfare
department has finalised draft of a proposed law to replace the colonial-era
Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929. In the draft of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Child Marriage Restraint Bill, 2019, the department has also finalised the most
controversial issue related to the permissible minimum marriageable age for a
Child Marriage Restraint Act (CMRA) 1929, which is still applicable to Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa, defines a child as a person, if a male, is under 18 years of age,
and if a female, is under 16 years of age. A working group constituted by the
KP Child Protection and Welfare Commission continued to discuss the issue of
prohibitory age of a male and female in the proposed law and finally it came to
conclusion that the prohibitory age of marriage for both male and female should
be 18 years.
summary has now been moved by the department for approval of the chief minister
after which it would be referred to the provincial cabinet for final approval.
In a recent function, provincial information minister Shaukat Yousafzai said
that the Bill would be tabled in the KP Assembly after its approval by the
over the issue continued during the previous provincial government of Pakistan
Tehreek-i-Insaf, but it could not be finalised because of the controversy
revolving around the permissible age for a female to marry.
prohibitory age of a female for the purpose of marriage has been under
discussion across the country for the last many years as in past the Council of
Islamic Ideology had declared as against injunctions of Islam the raising of marriageable
age for a female from 16 years to that of 18 years.
March 2014, the CII in its meeting had ruled that laws related to minimum age
of marriage were against Islamic teachings and that children of any age could
get married if they had attained puberty.
chief child protection officer of the province, Ijaz Mohammad Khan, had in a
recent function given comparison between the existing law and the draft bill.
The proposed law provides for punishment of up to three years imprisonment and
a fine of Rs45,000 for the offence of child marriage. He said that the offence
under the proposed law should be cognizable, non-bailable and non-compoundable
(which could not be compromised) and the trial court should conclude the trial
within 90 days.
said that it would be binding on a nikah registrar to check the national
identity card of both the parties to the registration of marriage.
the CMRA 1929 provides punishment of simple imprisonment up to one month or
fine of Rs1,000, or both, for contracting a child marriage by a male above 18
years of age; for performing or conducting a child marriage; and for parent or
guardian involved in a child marriage.
no court shall take cognizance of any offence of child marriage except on a
complaint made by the concerned union council or by such authority empowered by
the the provincial government for that purpose.
to the enactment of Constitution (Eighteenth amendment) Act, 2010, the issue
related to “marriage and divorce” was in the Concurrent Legislative List of the
Constitution and both the federal and provincial legislatures were empowered to
legislate on it and in case of any conflict between the two laws the federal
law had to prevail. This issue is now a provincial subject and only the
provinces are empowered to legislate over it.
the 18th Constitutional Amendment, Sindh province took lead from other
provinces over the issue by enacting the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act,
2013, which was published in the official gazette in June 2014. In that law the
prohibitory age of a female was enhanced to 18 years from the existing 16
years. The law enhanced punishment for contracting a child marriage to maximum
three years rigorous imprisonment along with fine. This law has made the offence,
cognizable, non-compoundable and non-bailable.
the Punjab government enacted the Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Act,
2015, in March 2015, but instead of repealing the CMRA 1929 it made several
amendments to that law. Under those amendments imposition of a six-month prison
term and fine of Rs50,000 was introduced for a person contracting child
marriage. However, the issue of changing the prohibitory age for marriage was
not touched and in the definition of a female child the age given is 16 years.
April this year, the Senate passed a bill – Child Marriage Restraint
(Amendment) Bill, 2018 – tabled by Senator Sherry Rehman. However, the said
bill has yet to be passed by the National Assembly. The said bill is only meant
for Islamabad Capital Territory. That bill also provides for enhancing the
permissible minimum age of marriage to 18 years.
another bill was tabled in the National Assembly in May 2019 by Dr Ramesh
Kumar, a PTI MNA, which also proposed enhancement in punishments as well as the
permissible age. The said bill was referred to the concerned standing committee
on the subject believe that the KP government should not only make it possible
to pass the proposed bill at the earliest, but it should also take steps for
proper implementation of the law as even the existing law has very rarely been
need to be listening to the voices of Muslim women during the Birmingham school
protests debate, according to a prominent activist.
Muslim woman Saima Razzaq is the Co-Chair of Supporting the Education of
Equality and Diversity in Schools (SEEDS), a campaigning group set up in light
of recent protests outside schools in Birmingham.
protests (led by the Muslim community) are surrounding the LGBTI-inclusive No
believes Muslim women are the key to breaking the ‘male choke hold’ of the
as Muslim women need to find a way to detach ourselves from this continuous
male choke hold of a narrative that sees men representing the British Muslim
experience,’ she said. ‘When in fact they represent no one but themselves.’
then added: ‘Women need to and should be at the forefront of the conversation
on gender and sexuality in an Islamic context. Our bodies and our sexuality
need to be defined by our voices.’
women are ‘leading the way’ on reform
Razzaq believes it is Muslim women who are leading the way on implementing
progressive reform within the community.
why is it majority Muslim men ‘taking the stage’ during the recent protests outside
Birmingham schools, she asks.
this debate, our voices are simply being lost,’ she said. ‘We must not forget
that historically, it’s Muslim women who have championed equality in our
communities. That also includes LGBTI equality.’
she warned it’s also important to keep the debate respectful.
said: ‘I’m not prepared to stand by and watch the demonization of the
communities who showered me with an abundance of love during my childhood and
continue to do so to this day.’
then added: ‘I think all parents will agree that we need to raise and nurture
future leaders who will stand tall in society.
people of color and as Muslims, we must continue to fight for proportional
representation both in society and places of work. We must educate children to
become model citizens who respect equality for all, which essentially will see
them employed into positions of power where they can instigate change for the
better,’ she said.
caused the Birmingham school protests?
school protests began at the start of this year when a parent at the Parkfield
Community School complained her child was learning about LGBTI relationships.
is due to the work of teacher Andrew Moffat, who led the charge on implementing
the No Outsiders program to the 98% Muslim cohort at the school.
protests outside several schools in Birmingham became a highly political and
activists, and more began taking sides in the debate. The head of the UK school
watchdog Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, came down in favor of the schools and
Esther McVey, a Conservative MP, said parents should have the right to remove
their children from primary school lessons on LGBTI-inclusivity if they do not
agree with the classes.
Shah was the first parent to pull her daughter out of lessons.
said at the time: ‘We have said we don’t want children in reception to be shown
books with same-sex relationships. It’s confusing for them.’
a result of the disruptive school protests, teachers stopped the No Outsiders
program to try to ‘re-engage’ with parents.
tweaked the program, but parents were still unhappy.
then staged a mass protest on Friday (12 July) by keeping around 500 students
from attending school.
school protests and debate rages on.
: A one day Haj Tarbiyati Ijtema (Training camp) for women was organised at
Jamiat ul Mominath in Moghalpura at seminary's conference hall on Saturday.
This was the first time that a training camp was organised specially for women.
The programme started with the recitation of Quran and hamd-o-naat (hymn in praise
of Allah and Prophet Muhammad). The chief guest of this programme, Mohammed
Masiullah Khan, chairman of TS Haj committee, addressed the women pilgrims. He
said this was the first time such a unique training camp for women Haj Pilgrims
in Telangana state was being organised.
felt that this was an opportunity for women who gathered at Jamiatul Mominath
and taking part in the camp to clarify all kinds of doubts, as women Muftiyas
(Women Islamic Scholars) were taking questions from those who were about to
embark on an pilgrimage for the first time. "This is women-only camp,
where a woman can freely ask questions and seek guidance from women muftiyas
about important issues related to women. Haj is one of the five pillars of
Islam which is done one in a lifetime so all pilgrims including women has to
know all the rituals to be performed during Haj," he felt.
this programme, women muftiyas interacted with women and clarified their
apprehensions. Dr Muftiya Rizwana Zareen, Principal Jamia tul Mominath explained
about different rituals to be performed during the visit and stay in the second
holiest city of Madina, where holy mosque of prophet Mohammed is situated. Dr
MuftiyaTehminaTehseen explained about the values and virtues of performing Haj,
while Dr Muftiya Nazima Aziz elaborated on how to do all the rituals while
performing haj (step by step).
of the programme, Alhaj Afareeda Banu provided insight about the whole journey
of Haj and how to deal with things which a pilgrim may face during the course
of journey and while performing Haj. Later, the women scholars interacted and
answered the questions from women pilgrims and allayed all their doubts about
performing the Haj. Dr Mufti Hafiz Mohammed Mastan Ali welcomed the audience
and guests. Dr Hafiz Mohd Sabir Pasha, Alhaj Moiz Chowdery were also present on
the occasion. Later two books of Jamiat ul Mominath were also released by
chairman of Haj committee.
– Princess Duaa Bint Muhammad from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was unanimously
named as Supreme Chairwoman by the Board of Directors of the Arab Women Foundation
in Dubai on Friday.
the authorities and bodies that come under the Foundation will now function
under Princess Duaa.
Al-Dulaimi, secretary general of the Arab Women Foundation, said the selection
of Princess Duaa for the highest post in the Foundation is an expression of the
great appreciation for and pride over Princess Duaa’s initiatives and
contributions to highlighting Arab woman’s bright image and supporting her
successes and accomplishments.
include encouraging and supporting the cultural and intellectual forums that
call for peace and positive dialogue between cultures and communities so as to
enhance the common human values and her shouldering responsibilities in leading
posts in a number of charitable and development societies and foundations.
said that with Princess Duaa in this new post will provide a qualitative
addition to the Foundation’s initiatives and open new vistas for its programs
meant for the interest of women in developing countries and striking strategic
partnerships with related international organizations.
Duaa had launched an international initiative for humanitarian work by setting
up centers for early detection of breast cancer in countries suffering from
hardships and lack of healthcare programs.
40 Emirati women graduates attended a training programme designed by the
Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA).
initiative offered a 'career path plan' to support the success and empowerment
of female Emirati professionals within the tourism industry. The promotion of
equality through community initiatives and advocacy was also a focus area of
training of the first batch of candidates was held from July 7 to 11 and the
second batch is scheduled from October 13 to 17.
training was announced earlier in conjunction with Nama Women Advancement
Establishment during the Women Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS) 2017
which was held in Sharjah.
Jasim Al Midfa, chairman of the SCTDA, said: "We consider investment in
the empowerment of women and girls as one of the priorities that has the
potential to accelerate sustainable development.
programme is set to have a wider impact and social reach to resonate with the
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Iraq (AFP) — Freed after years in jihadist captivity, Jihan faced an agonizing
ultimatum: abandon her three small children fathered by an Islamic State
fighter or risk being shunned by her community.
course I couldn’t bring them home. They’re Daesh (IS) children,” said Jihan
Qassem matter-of-factually, sitting in a sparse concrete structure she now
could I, when my three siblings are still in IS hands?,” she added,
highlighting the harsh reality that the children serve as constant reminders of
the brutalities inflicted on the closed, tight-knit Yazidi community by the
so-called Islamic State group.
of Yazidi women and girls systematically raped, sold and married off to
jihadists after being abducted by IS from their ancestral Iraqi home of Sinjar
in 2014 have faced the same gut-wrenching dilemma. What to do about the children
born of these forced unions?
freed, the women are desperate to heal from the wounds inflicted on the
conservative minority — but raising jihadist offspring would make closure
impossible, they said.
at 13, Jihan was forced to marry a Tunisian IS fighter at 15 and then fled with
him and their children from IS’s bombarded Syrian holdout of Baghouz four
US-backed forces learned she was Yazidi, they whisked her and her 2-year-old
boy, 1-year-old girl and 4-month-old infant to a northeast Syria shelter
hosting other mothers from the brutalized minority.
safe-house, known as the Yazidi House, circulated her photograph on Facebook
and her older brother Saman, still in northern Iraq, recognized his long-lost
wanted her home. But without the children.
days of an anguished back-and-forth, Jihan decided she would leave her infants
with Syrian Kurdish authorities in exchange for what she said was her real
were so young. They were attached to me and I to them… but they’re Daesh
children,” she murmured.
said she does not have any pictures of her children and does not want to
first day is hard, and then little by little, we forget them,” she said.
one asks about them’
centuries, Yazidis who married outside the sect — even against their will —
forcefully taken by IS in 2014 risked suffering the same fate, but a landmark
decree by Yazidi spiritual leader Baba Sheikh said survivors of IS’s sexual
abuse should be honored by the community.
compassion however has not been extended to their children.
April, the Yazidis’ Higher Spiritual Council issued an ambiguous decree
welcoming “children of survivors,” sparking hope of a second reformation to
accept those born of a Yazidi mother and IS father.
a ferocious backlash from conservative Yazidis prompted the Council to clarify
that nothing had changed: it would only welcome children born to two Yazidi
further reform was seen as a threat, opening the floodgates of change to a
traumatized community, said Yazidi activist Talal Murad.
there’s this kind of change in the creed, other things could change too — there
will be a breakdown, a total collapse of the Yazidi religion,” said Murad, who
also heads Ezidi24, an outlet covering Yazidi affairs.
representative Ali Kheder told AFP the debate wasn’t solely about dogmatic
according to Iraqi law, any child with a missing father will be registered as a
Muslim, automatically,” said Kheder in the Council’s headquarters in Sheikhan.
law, on which the Iraqi constitution is based, stipulates that religion is
inherited from the father.
too, Kheder said the Yazidi society remained too scarred by the prolonged
abduction of their own people to accept raising the children of their abusers.
now, we have thousands of Yazidi women and girls in IS hands. No one asks about
them. They ask about a few children that can be counted on one hand,” said
Council said it does not keep statistics on returning Yazidi survivors with
infants born of rape.
most Yazidi mothers leave their children at the Yazidi House in Syria, some
brought IS-born infants home to Iraq. They declined interviews because of the
woman insisted to her Yazidi family that she would raise her year-old infant
fathered by a missing IS fighter, but balked when she discovered she could not
acquire Iraqi identification papers for him as his father was not present.
gave him up for adoption, her doctor said.
18-year-old arrived in Iraq in the spring after finally being freed, but was
heavily pregnant by her IS captor, according to a social worker involved in her
spent weeks in a safe-house without her family’s knowledge until she gave
birth, sent the newborn away and joined her relatives in a displacement camp.
year, five children born to Yazidi mothers and IS fathers were left at an
orphanage in Mosul, which helped local Muslim families adopt them, according to
Mosul’s director of women and children’s issues Sukaynah Younes.
are now registered as Muslim.
psychological impact of this separation will likely be long-lasting. Jihan
herself still seemed torn.
ago, she had described her children to a social worker as her “flesh and
blood,” saying she missed them.
she sounded more detached when speaking to AFP, a shy smile crossed her face as
she remembered them. When she was out of her brother’s earshot, she cried
it was up to me, I would have brought them,” she said.
genocide goes on’
believe the events of 2014 were the 74th “genocide” suffered by the minority in
its 4,000-year history, and that it has not ended.
most painful wound is that hundreds of men, women, and children remain missing,
despite hopes they would be found after IS’s “caliphate” collapsed in March.
100,000, nearly a fifth of the pre-war community, have been resettled abroad
and another 360,000 remain displaced in Iraq with their villages lying in
genocide is ongoing. People can’t go home to Sinjar, we still have women and
girls missing, everyone is looking to leave to Europe,” said Kheder.
Shawish, a cleric and custodian of the Yazidis’ holiest site at Lalish, blamed
federal government in Baghdad knows very well that thousands of Yazidis remain
captive, but it has not decided to arrest the kidnappers. It’s not cooperating
bill introduced in April by Iraq’s president proposes reparations for Yazidis
and a way to determine children’s legal status, but parliament has yet to
by such pressing issues, Yazidis expressed frustration with what they saw as
misplaced global pressure to enact religious reform and welcome children born
best option, community figures said almost unanimously, was for Yazidi mothers
to be resettled abroad.
a very complicated issue, and the most appropriate solution right now can be
found outside Iraq,” said Vian Dakheel, a Yazidi and former parliamentarian.
my view, it’s for these women to go to Europe with their children.”
Nagham Hasan, an obstetrician-gynecologist who has worked extensively with
Yazidi survivors since 2014, said patients with young children had all but
given up on Iraq.
been warning that we would be dealing with the issue of mothers for years,” she
wants to leave. The Yazidi community is broken.”
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