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Calling For A No-Fly Zone In Rojava

Widad issued a statement today after hearing of the Turkish airstrikes on Shingal ( home town of Yazidis) and Rojava (Kurdish region in today’s Syria).

Well aware that the wounds of Armenians, Yazidis, Kurds, Kildans, Assyrians, Arabs and those of other components of the Middle East haven’t healed yet, Turkey continues to violate international law by maintaining its policy of sabotaging any attempt to build peace… We’d like to suggest having a no-fly zone for Rojava… The no-fly zone in Kurdistan region saved my life from Saddam’s airstrikes. A no-fly zone in Rojava will save millions of lives.

 

 

 

 

Calling For A No-Fly Zone For Rojava

Whilst we are still commemorating the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, we strongly condemn the Turkish airstrikes on Shingal and Rojava, and we suggest having a no-fly zone for Rojava to prevent Turkey from sending their warplanes to Rojava to drop bombs, adding to the misery of the residents and the refugees alike.

Today, we are reflecting on the horrors of the past and the challenges of the present. Over 1.5 million Christian Armenians were massacred by the Ottoman Empire, comprising the first genocide of the 20th century. One century later, Turkey invented ISIS, planning the 21st century’s first genocide against Yazidis, Christians, Kurds and others in the Middle East. Thanks to your support and your hard work, the scale of the first genocide in the 21st century was reduced.

We vow to keep the promise to never forget all the millions of victims and survivors whose destinies were marked by genocides. Well aware that the wounds of Armenians, Yazidis, Kurds, Kildans, Assyrians, Arabs and those of other components of the Middle East haven’t healed yet, Turkey continues to violate international law by assisting Daesh and maintaining its policy of sabotaging any attempt to build peace… We urge the UN Security Council to refer Turkey’s leaders to the International Criminal Court for violating international law and committing crimes against humanity.

In order to give peace a chance in the Middle East, we’d like to suggest having a no-fly zone for Rojava to prevent Turkey from attacking Rojava, which has become a large refugee-hosting area in the region. We renew our call for international protection and call on Turkey to adhere to international law and stop actions that can be classified as war crimes. We hope that the international community will help us create the no-fly zone in Rojava as we express solidarity with the residents and the refugees after Turkey’s airstrikes.

Many lives are at stake. For instance, tens of thousands of Yazidis fled from ISIS and headed to Rojava. In the last couple of weeks, over 10 thousand civilians, the majority of whom are Arab Muslims, arrived in Rojava after their escape from ISIS in Raqqa. A no-fly zone is urgently needed to protect the residents of Rojava and the hundreds of thousands of refugees. All of them have nowhere else to go.

The no-fly zone in Kurdistan region saved my life from Saddam’s airstrikes. A no-fly zone in Rojava will save thousands, if not millions, of lives.

Please support this initiative because, without it, it seems that Turkey will continue targeting Rojava to end any attempt to build the elements of peace in the Middle East.”

Dr. Widad

25 April 2017