After seven years of genocide, we Yazidis struggle to see a future in Iraq

As the seventh anniversary of ISIS’ attack on Sinjar approaches,  JHK centre manager Salih Hamo writes for Rudaw English about the hard reality of life for displaced Yazidis, and their uncertain future.

August 3 was only the beginning of the genocide of the Yazidis. The genocide has not stopped.

Thousands of families continue to search for missing women and girls. We know many of them are in ISIS camps in northern Syria and Mosul area, but there is no government plan to identify and bring them back. People make their own costly and dangerous arrangements.

When survivors do return, they do not get the help they need. Often survivors contact me to ask for help. There are so many. How can I choose who to help? That makes me very sad.

Every year on August 3 we have sought to draw attention to the continued suffering of Yazidi people, to ask for help from the people of Kurdistan and Iraq and the international community so that we can return home and rebuild. But the sad truth is that after all these years many Yazidis do not want to go home any more.

Salih Hamo at Bajed Kandala 2 camp.