IRAQ: Kurdish Regional Government fails to make reparations displaced people; some return to villages in spite of bombings

CPTnet
19 November 2008
IRAQ: Kurdish Regional Government fails to make reparations displaced people; some return to villages in spite of bombings

CPT in Iraq visited the village of Kani Spi on 14 November 2008.  It is in a cluster of six others that have been under intermittent attack by Iranian missiles since last year.  The team met with a man who lived through the bombing and who is serving as the representative for the fifty-three families of Kani Spi.  He provided copies of the paperwork, filed in January with the government at its request, detailing the destruction of the villagers’ livestock and agriculture and listing the necessary reparations, totaling more than $200,000.  The villagers have yet to receive any funds.

The team saw craters left by missiles that landed in the middle of the village and collected pieces of shrapnel from around the circumference of the blast.  One bomb lay unexploded.  The area is surrounded by land mines left from the Iran/Iraq war, one of which claimed the leg of the Kani Spi representative.  Organizations that were working to remove the mines have stopped because of the random attacks.

The team then visited the village of Daraw; residents fled the village, but could not afford to pay rent in a neighboring town and had to return.  They also have not received any reparations.  Turkish planes fly over at least twice a week, they said, often at low altitudes.  Since late January, both Turkish and Iranian forces have attacked this village with weapons striking within 500 meters of homes and destroying much of the agriculture.  Turkey and Iran cite the need to combat PKK guerrilla fighters in this region.  The people of Kani Spi and Daraw say no PKK fighters are in their villages.  Whatever the reasons, thousands of civilians are suffering from attacks by forces allied with their own government.


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