Wednesday, 10 September 2014 06:47
AACHEN: Through the aid campaign organised by the European Kurdish Women’s Movement and the Ezidi Kurdish Women’s Council in the city of Aachen, Germany, two truckloads of aid were sent to the refugees from Sinjar (South Kurdistan/Northern Iraq) and Rojava (Western Kurdistan/North Syria).
The aid campaign lead by the European Kurdish Women’s Movement and the Ezidi Kurdish Women’s Council in the city of Aachen with Heyva sor was started with great momentum after the attacks of the Islamic State (ISIS) on mount Sinjar on 3rd August. Both organisations have been campaigning to draw attention to the plight of more than 2,000 women kidnapped and used as sex slaves by ISIS bandits. Since the 3rd of August, a day announced as a black day in the Kurdish history, many different activities have been undertaken as part of the awareness and aid campaign. These activities include: the delivery of information reports to NGOs, political parties, health and aid organisations and demonstration tents set up in the city centre. In order to draw attention to the plight of the Kurdish women captured as sex slaves by ISIS and to protest against the silence prevailing in the international community with regards to this horrific situation, the women staying over-night in these tents sealed their mouths with black tapes and chained their arms with heavy chains to symbolise the silence and the slavery of women.
On the day of the transportation of the trucks a press-release was read out by one of the campaigners to condemn the actions of ISIS against the Yazidi, Assyrian, Christian, Alevi and Shia women, which called out to the international community and to all women’s rights organisations around to world to join the campaigners to help protect the vulnerable women and children in Shengal (Sinjar) and Rojava.
After this press release the demonstrators marched to the point the aid trucks were parked and Faik Yumusak, an active member of the aid campaign, thanked Aachen People’s Assembly, our charity Heyva Sor a Kurdistanê and all individuals who helped for their efforts in collecting aid. Following this the trucks full of medicine, hospital beds, wheelchairs, canes and clothing were sent off to Shengal and Rojava.