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  • Testimonies from Kocho: The village ISIS tried to wipe off the map | Amnesty International Canada
    families and other villagers They don t know if their parents children and siblings are dead or alive Survivors recount the terror Elias a 59 year old nurse was shot in one knee but managed to escape to safety Amnesty International Elias a 59 year old nurse told me At 11 11 30 on Friday 15 August ISIS called all the residents to the secondary school which has been their headquarters since they came to the village two weeks ago There they asked that we hand over our money our mobile phones and for the women to hand over their jewellery After about 15 minutes they brought vehicles and started to fill them up with men and boys They pushed about 20 of us onto the back of a Kia pick up vehicle and drove us about one kilometre east of the village They got us off the vehicle by the pool and made us crouch on the ground in a tight cluster and one of them photographed us I thought then they d let us go after that but they opened fire at us from behind us I was hit in the left knee but the bullet only grazed my knee He showed me a bullet sized hole in his trousers by his injured knee I let myself fall forward as if I were dead and I stayed there face down without moving When the shooting stopped I kept still and after they left I ran away Five or six others were also alive and they also ran from the place The rest were all killed I know two of them they were right next to me Khider Matto Qasem 28 and Ravo Mokri Salah about 80 years old I don t know who the others were I was too scared to look around I couldn t focus I don t know what happened to my family my wife my seven children my son s wife and their two children I don t know if they are dead or alive or where they are I can t contact anyone as they took our mobile phones Khider a 17 year old student told me that he was also part of the first group of men and youths who were bundled into vehicles and taken to the village s outskirts to be shot There was no order they ISIS just filled up vehicles indiscriminately Me and my cousin Ghaleb Elias were pushed into the same vehicle We were next to each other as they lined us up on the ground He was killed He was the same age as me and worked as daily labourer mostly in construction I have no news of what happened to my parents and my four brothers and six sisters Did they kill them Did they abduct them I don t know anything about them Khider escaped with what looked like a superficial bullet wound to his back Khalaf a 32 year old father of three

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/testimonies-from-kocho-the-village-isis-tried-to-wipe-off-the-map (2016-02-13)
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  • Humanitarian efforts failing the hundreds of thousands forced to flee ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq | Amnesty International Canada
    Be a Youth Activist 2015 Human Rights College for Youth Dance for Rights Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Media Awards Multimedia Humanitarian efforts failing the hundreds of thousands forced to flee ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq News releases August 12 2014 Displaced Iraqis from the Yezidi community cross the Iraqi Syrian border along the Fishkhabur bridge in northern Iraq AHMAD AL RUBAYE AFP Getty Images The international community must urgently mount a concerted humanitarian response to assist hundreds of thousands of people across northern Iraq fleeing ethnic cleansing by the forces of the Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham ISIS or IS Amnesty International said today Those trapped on Sinjar Mountain make up a tiny percentage of the hundreds of thousands from minority communities displaced by the conflict now stranded in dire conditions said Donatella Rovera Amnesty International s Senior Crisis Response Adviser speaking from northern Iraq These people cannot go home as long as ISIS controls their towns and villages They need help now The international response to large scale displacement of civilians from areas seized by ISIS has been woefully inadequate to date Even much publicized emergency air drops to members of the Yezidi community stranded in villages on the Sinjar Mountain surrounded by ISIS militants have proved largely ineffective We have nothing nothing has come to us a man trapped in Kocho a village on the south side of the Sinjar Mountain told Amnesty International We hear the planes in the distance but nobody has come to us or sent us anything We can t leave ISIS will catch us and kill us if we do For god s sake please help us Hundreds of survivors from the mountain and many still stuck there told Amnesty International said that no aid had reached them and many said water bottles air dropped in recent days often broke on impact The aid effort also came late after

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/humanitarian-efforts-failing-the-hundreds-of-thousands-forced-to-flee-ethnic (2016-02-13)
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  • Mass exodus from Iraqi towns and cities as ISIS advance prompts panic | Amnesty International Canada
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    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/mass-exodus-from-iraqi-towns-and-cities-as-isis-advance-prompts-panic (2016-02-13)
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  • Iraqis displaced by ISIS attacks in Sinjar ‘desperate’ for aid | Amnesty International Canada
    Human Rights College 2015 Planning Committee Member Application Lifesaver Actions for Young Activists Student Group Registration Form Youth Leadership Oppotunitities Join a group Community Activism Volunteer Leadership Fieldworkers Join our Membership Consultation Committee MCC Volunteers Wanted Nova Scotia University Orientation Week Country and Theme Coordinators in Canada The Board of Directors Resources for Activists Activism Fund Have your say Seasonal Activism Guide Meet our Team Work Volunteer Opportunities Donate Become a Monthly Donor Sign Up Online Your Donations at Work Amnesty Canvassers Telephone Canvassing Make a One time Donation Donate Online Leave a gift in your will Why we are remembering Amnesty in our wills Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home Media Awards Multimedia Iraqis displaced by ISIS attacks in Sinjar desperate for aid Huge numbers of Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes in recent months EPA News releases August 05 2014 Iraqis displaced by fighting in the north west of the country must be given urgent humanitarian assistance Amnesty International said after tens of thousands of civilians fled the town of Sinjar and surrounding areas following an attack by Islamic State in Iraq and al Sham ISIS militants Hundreds of civilians from Sinjar and its environs are missing feared dead or abducted while tens of thousands are trapped without basic necessities or vital supplies in the Sinjar Mountain area south of the city Most of those affected are members of the Yezidi minority The civilians trapped in the mountain area are not only at risk of being killed or abducted by ISIS they are also suffering from a lack of water food and medical care They are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance said Donatella Rovera Amnesty International s Senior Crisis Response Adviser who is currently in northern Iraq We urge the international community to provide humanitarian assistance while the Iraqi and Kurdish authorities must spare no effort to ensure that much needed aid is delivered to the displaced civilians and that they are protected from further ISIS attacks on the ground Entire populations of the areas attacked by ISIS from Saturday 2 August have fled to the mountain area which is surrounded by the armed group Hundreds of missing civilians mainly men but also women and children are reported to have been killed or abducted Other civilian males who took up arms in an attempt to fend off ISIS attacks are also reported to have been captured and killed ISIS fighters abducted or killed more than 30 members of two families from the village of Khana Sor north west of Sinjar

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/iraqis-displaced-by-isis-attacks-in-sinjar-%E2%80%98desperate%E2%80%99-for-aid (2016-02-13)
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  • The flight from Mosul: “We left everything behind to save our lives” | Amnesty International Canada
    Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home The flight from Mosul We left everything behind to save our lives Tuesday July 29 2014 11 55 Photo Credit Iraqi families displaced by fighting in their home towns receive humanitarian aid at the Khazir refugee camp near Erbil northern Iraq 23 July 2014 EPA KAMAL AKRAYI By Donatella Rovera Senior Crisis Response Adviser at Amnesty International Marvin is a 27 year old accountant His life and that of his family were turned upside down last week when members of the Islamic State ISIS turned up at their home in Mosul northern Iraq The ISIS militants who now control the city gave Marvin his elderly parents and his brother and sister four stark choices convert to Islam pay jizya a tax for non Muslims leave the city or have their heads cut off The militants then painted the Arabic letter N for nasrani or Christian on the house For Marvin s family like many other Christian residents of Mosul there was no choice They took a few belongings and left the city early the following morning On our way out of Mosul ISIS took our money and jewellery Now we have no means to get out of Iraq and nothing to go back to in Mosul because our lives there have been destroyed Marvin told Amnesty International In recent weeks Marvin s story has become tragically common among Christians and other civilians in Mosul Abu Yussef s family was also similarly forced to leave after they found the letter N painted on their house He and his wife Hanaa took their child and a few belongings and fled to Qaraqosh a mainly Christian town 30 minutes east of Mosul under the control of the Kurdish peshmerga forces which are preventing ISIS from advancing further east Hanaa was a doctor in a health centre in Mosul before ISIS stormed the city She said We left everything behind to save our lives Our children are now so scared they wake up crying in the night We want to leave Iraq for the future of our children Life has become impossible here All we built has gone and we cannot live our lives again in Mosul ISIS has stolen our lives Iraqis inspect the damage caused by an alleged air raid by Iraqi forces in Mosul city northern Iraq 20 July 2014 EPA STR Threats and attacks For weeks before Christians had been fearing that their future in Mosul would be threatened When I visited the city two weeks after the ISIS takeover on 10 June threats and attacks against the Christian community were already on the rise Many had fled along with members of other religious and ethnic communities Many of the city s residents told me about their fears though some tried to remain hopeful partly because the likely prospects were too awful to contemplate Many argued that ISIS had taken advantage of the grievances of the majority Sunni population

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/the-flight-from-mosul-%E2%80%9Cwe-left-everything-behind-to-save-our-lives%E2%80%9D (2016-02-13)
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  • Iraq: Evidence of spiralling sectarian killings and abductions | Amnesty International Canada
    Amnesty International s Senior Crisis Response Adviser Donatella Rovera during her research mission to Iraq in June 2014 cameramake Canon height 800 flash 16 camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elem originaldate 6 27 2014 7 20 53 PM width 600 orientation 1 cameramodel Canon PowerShot G16 Family fleeing Hamdanya Photograph taken by Amnesty International s Senior Crisis Response Adviser Donatella Rovera during her research mission to Iraq in June 2014 cameramake Canon height 450 flash 16 camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elem originaldate 6 26 2014 5 42 40 PM width 600 orientation 1 cameramodel Canon PowerShot G16 US army badge cameramake Canon height 600 flash 16 camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elem originaldate 6 26 2014 8 16 09 PM width 450 orientation 1 cameramodel Canon PowerShot G16 Kalak IDP camp cameramake Canon height 450 flash 16 camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elem originaldate 6 29 2014 9 13 05 PM width 600 orientation 1 cameramodel Canon PowerShot G16 Islamic State of Iraq and Sham flag in Mosul the black flag of Jihad used by ISIL cameramake Research In Motion height 452 flash 32 orientation 1 camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elem originaldate 6 25 2014 7 09 18 PM width 600 cameramodel BlackBerry 9800 Pershmerga position in South Kirkuk Photograph taken by Amnesty International s Senior Crisis Response Adviser Donatella Rovera during her research mission to Iraq in June 2014 cameramake Canon height 450 flash 16 camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elem originaldate 6 19 2014 5 21 41 PM width 600 orientation 1 cameramodel Canon PowerShot G16 Six month old IDP from Mosul Photograph taken by Amnesty International s Senior Crisis Response Adviser Donatella Rovera during her research mission to Iraq in June 2014 cameramake Canon height 450 flash 16 camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elem originaldate 6 27 2014 7 08 56 PM width 600 orientation 1 cameramodel Canon PowerShot G16 IDPs stranded at Kalak checkpoint cameramake Canon height 450 flash 16 camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elem originaldate 7 1 2014 8 17 36 PM width 600 orientation 1 cameramodel Canon PowerShot G16 Al Khazer Kalak checkpoint cameramake Canon height 450 flash 16 camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elem originaldate 7 3 2014 8 20 45 PM width 600 orientation 1 cameramodel Canon PowerShot G16 Blown up vehicle in Shabak village cameramake Canon height 750 flash 16 camerasoftware Adobe Photoshop Elem originaldate 7 2 2014 4 20 42 PM width 1000 orientation 1 cameramodel Canon PowerShot G16 Imam Redha shrine where Shabak Shia IDPs are sheltering height 600 width 800 originaldate 1 1 0001 6 00 00 AM Old woman IDP Photograph taken by Amnesty International s Senior Crisis Response Adviser Donatella Rovera during her research mission to Iraq in June 2014 cameramake Canon height 488 flash 16 orientation 1 width 671 originaldate 6 22 2014 3 14 24 PM cameramodel Canon PowerShot G16 Photo Ra ed Khodr Qasem policeman captured and killed by ISIS in Mosul 6 June cameramake Nokia height 1600 flash 16 orientation 1 width 1200 originaldate 4 21 2014 1 53 38 AM cameramodel 5233 Photo of Sabah Kodr

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/news/news-releases/iraq-evidence-of-spiralling-sectarian-killings-and-abductions (2016-02-13)
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  • The plight of Iraq’s civilian population | Amnesty International Canada
    Bequests RRIFs and RRSPs Life Insurance Contact our Planned Giving Associate Disclaimer Gifts of Stocks and Securities Give a Gift in Memoriam Send a Special Occasion Gift Raise Money for Human Rights Tips for Raising Money Fundraising Q As Donate a car Update your monthly donor information Join Us About Us What we do Key Facts about Amnesty International How We Make A Difference Our Leaders Our Impact Governance Financial Information Work With Us FAQ Members Thank You Contact Us Home The plight of Iraq s civilian population Monday July 7 2014 10 49 Thousands of IDPs fleeing conflict stranded at the Kalak checkpoint Amnesty International By Donatella Rovera Amnesty International s Senior Crisis Response Adviser Thousands of Iraqi civilians displaced by the current conflict are stranded at checkpoints separating the areas controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government KRG and the rest of Iraq At first civilians who fled after the Islamic State formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant ISIL captured large areas of northwestern Iraq were being allowed to enter Iraqi Kurdistan but in recent weeks and days access has been severely restricted by the KRG Some of those who fled are seeking refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan while others want to travel southwards to the capital and beyond The former are mostly Sunni Muslims who fear air strikes by government forces and their allies and the harsh rule of the Islamic State The latter are Shia Muslims from the Turkmen and Shabak communities who are trying to flee southwards to government controlled areas of Iraq where the majority of the population is Shia and where they feel there is no risk of an Islamic State takeover The sudden capture of Mosul Iraq s second largest city on June 10 by the Islamic State prompted a mass exodus of hundreds of thousands of frightened residents who have poured into the neighbouring autonomous Kurdish region administered by the KRG With the withdrawal of the Iraqi army from northwestern Iraq the KRG has gained control of the disputed oil rich town of Kirkuk and other areas and in recent days it has announced plans for a referendum on independence a move fiercely opposed by the Iraqi central government Regardless of the political wrangling between Baghdad and Erbil it is imperative that civilians displaced by the conflict are granted refuge in and safe passage through KRG controlled areas While Iraqi and international political discourse seems largely out of step with the rapidly changing reality on the ground the sectarian dimension of the conflict is becoming more marked by the day and Iraq s diverse communities are struggling to grapple with the new reality They increasingly wonder where and how they can be safe The Turkmen community is a telling example When I first arrived in Iraq just after the capture by the Islamic State of Tal Afar home to some 200 000 people and other areas mostly inhabited by members of the Turkmen community local residents mostly identified

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/the-plight-of-iraq%E2%80%99s-civilian-population (2016-02-13)
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  • War crimes in the battle for Mosul | Amnesty International Canada
    violence in the Nineveh province wait in their vehicles at a Kurdish checkpoint in Aski Kalak AFP Getty Images The ISIS offensive on the eastern front of Iraq s second city was yet more evidence of how all sides are committing war crimes in the raging battle for control of Iraqi territory and resources Whether deliberately targeted or caught in the crossfire of often reckless fighting civilians are bearing the brunt as ISIS and other Sunni armed groups and the Iraqi armed forces and Shi a militias battle each other At nightfall in the nearby town of Kalak east of Mosul I met several Christian families who had just arrived from Qaraqosh A father of four young children told me We heard loud bangs people said it was mortar strikes I don t know how near they were We just got in the car my wife the children my parents and my wife s aunt and left without taking anything I don t know where we ll spend the night but at least we ll be safe Tomorrow we ll see if it s safe to go back home what else can we do But as clashes between ISIS militants and Peshmerga forces raged on Hamdanya residents fled en masse Yesterday 26 June I found the area completely empty except for two families who were waiting to leave an old man who told me he would die in his home two doctors and two priests Surrounding towns and villages were overflowing with displaced families Shelling of civilian areas In Mosul I visited the families of five young men who were killed on 7 June when an artillery shell struck the roof terrace where they were sitting drinking tea and chatting Pointing to the large recently repaired hole left by the shell which exploded on the roof terrace and went straight through to the room below the father of Seif one of those killed told me Four men killed in airstrike on 7 June in Mosul Amnesty International We repaired this but nothing will repair my broken heart My boy was taken from me and my other son was so badly injured he will never recover I thank God that my other children are safe we were in the room next to the one where the shell came through we could have all been killed if we had been in the next room Seif s younger siblings and other neighbours told me that the strike which hit the house was the first of a series of seven or eight strikes they heard The rest landed nearby thankfully without causing further casualties Seif s older brother the only survivor from the group who was sitting on the roof terrace when the shell struck is bedridden and clearly in a lot of pain Large pieces of shrapnel ripped through his chest abdomen and groin causing serious damage to internal organs He spoke with difficulty grimacing and groaning in pain at the slightest movement

    Original URL path: http://www.amnesty.ca/blog/war-crimes-in-the-battle-for-mosul (2016-02-13)
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