U.S. Consul General in Erbil says U.S. will continue support for displaced people in Iraq until they can return home

WASHINGTON, D.C. / BAGHDAD — The invasion of Shigur (Shengal) in Iraq by the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2014 resulted in the deaths of thousands of Yezidis, with several thousand others taken captive. The fates of many of those taken by ISIS — over 2,000 — remain unknown.

U.S. Consul General in Erbil Roberto Palladino said in a speech delivered during an event to discuss the genocide that the Yezidis were subjected to that, “Holding such conferences enhances the efforts to liberate the remaining Yezidis from the grip of ISIS.”

The U.S. is proud of such efforts, which focus on providing more support for those affected by the Islamic State, he said.

Palladino noted that they tell the stories of the Yezidis for the international community to work to prevent their recurrence, stressing that the U.S. supports the liberation of the remaining kidnapped Yezidis from the grip of ISIS.

The U.S. has provided $470 million to the displaced people in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). The U.S. will continue this support until those people can return home.