Sinuni, 25 August 2017: Following the ISIL/Da’ish offensive on Sinjar district, over 275,000 people from Mount Sinjar area - including a vast majority of Yazidis - were driven out of their homes. Abandoned Yazidi settlements were either systematically demolished or seized by ISIL fighters. Some 3,000 homes are thought to have been destroyed or burned down in the sub-district of Sinuni alone.

New York, 3 August 2017: Three years ago today, on 3 August 2014, fighters from the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)/Da’esh attacked and overran the Sinjar region of Northern Iraq. The ensuing atrocities included a widespread and systematic campaign of sexual violence waged against Yazidi women and girls, as well as those belonging to other minority groups, such as the Turkmen Shia, Shabak, and Christian communities. Sunni women and girls have also been sexually assaulted and forced into marriage. The use of sexual violence as a tactic of war and terror has compelled countless civilians to flee their homes and homelands, leaving many as internally displaced persons and refugees.

Baghdad, 3 August 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Three years ago, on 3 August 2014, the Takfiri terrorist group ISIL swept into Sinjar, directly targeting civilians, killing and enslaving them, and triggering a massive displacement of civilians. From 4 to 8 August 2014, nearly 200,000 people fled to safe areas. Tens of thousands of others took refuge on Sinjar Mountain where they were besieged by ISIL in dire situation of critical shortage of water, food, shelter, and health services. Information at the time indicated that casualties included many children who may have died on the Mountain as a result of exposure and lack of medical treatment.

Published in Speeches

Baghdad, 19 April 2017 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, extends his warm greetings and best wishes to the Yezidi community in Iraq on the occasion of their new year.


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