Yezidi House condemns continued suffering of Yazidis, calls for self-administration of Shengal (Sinjar) and demands international community do more for displaced Yezidis

QABRE HEWORE, Syria — In the presence of dozens of Yezidis and its members, the Yezidi house in Qabre Hewore (Al-Qahtaniyah) in Zalin (Qamishli) Canton in North and East Syria’s Gozarto (Jazira) Region issued a statement on Sunday calling the burning of hundreds of tents in Sharya Camp, which houses displaced Yezidis in Nohadra (Duhok) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), the result of neglect by international and regional authorities.

The statement condemned the continued suffering of the Yezidi people, who remain in camps despite their homeland in Shengal (Sinjar) being liberated from the Islamic State for several years. The Yezidi House advocates for the return of displaced Yezidis to their homes in Shengal and for the region to be self-administered.

In their statement, Yezidi House expressed solidarity with the families in the camp, which was established in Nohadra with the support of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

The international community must do more for the Yezidis, including increasing support for the self-administration of Shingal, said the statement.

On Friday, a large fire broke out in Sharya Camp, causing significant damage. Hundreds of tents were burned to nothing as the camp lacks even basic fire prevention and suppression equipment.