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IRAQI KURDISTAN: Mobilize for Peace Now!

CPTnet
16 October 2017
IRAQI KURDISTAN: Mobilize for Peace Now!

On October 16, 2017, fighting broke out between Iraqi and Iranian militaries against the Iraqi Kurdistan forces along a new frontline in the oil-rich town district of Kirkuk. Reports of the violent clashes as well as the dead and wounded have reached across the globe. This is only the most recent escalation in violence and sanctions against the people of Iraqi Kurdistan.

The effects of decades of war can be felt deeply throughout Iraqi Kurdistan while the region is still engaged in a battle against ISIS. Bombs and mortars still hit mountain villages in border areas where a thirty-year war continues to rage on between armed Kurdish fighters and the neighboring governments of Turkey and Iran. The landscape is dotted with camps housing people who fled war against ISIS while Iraqi Kurdistan is in the midst of a dire economic crisis drastically impacting its citizens. Memories of a lifetime of wars and sanctions live within the people of Iraqi Kurdistan. Saddam Hussein’s campaign of genocide alone killed more than a 100,000 Kurdish civilians.

On September 25, 2017 the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan held a referendum to separate from Iraq. The outcome was an overwhelming majority voting for an independent Kurdistan. Since then, talks between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the governments of Iraq, Turkey and Iran have been focused on the timing and legitimacy of the referendum. Foreign troops have mobilized along borders of Iraqi Kurdistan as war drums echo loudly.

Iraqi forces armoured cars in Kirkuk
            Iraqi forces advance on Kirkuk, photo: dw.com / Getty Images/AFP/A. Al-Rubaye

LESVOS REFLECTION: Moria is Like a Prison; asylum seekers face unjust and inhuman conditions in the government run camp.

CPTnet

13 October 2017

LESVOS REFLECTION: Moria is Like a Prison; asylum seekers face unjust and inhuman conditions in the government run camp.

By: Michael Himlie

“Moria is like a prison” stated a Kurdish refugee at a demonstration outside the camp. This is a phrase that nearly every refugee I meet and talk with on Lesvos says. “Moria is like a prison” I hear again as I walk alongside the four meter tall fence lined with razor wire, riot police on my other side. As I walk with a resident, or rather a prisoner of Moria, he explains to me the human rights violations and ill treatment of refugees by Greece and the wider European Union. He sleeps in a small room with nine others, receives one meal a day, has limited amounts of water and electricity, and considers a lucky day to be one where there is enough water available to take a quick shower.

Moria

Prayers for Peacemakers, 12 October 2017

Prayers for Peacemakers, 12 October 2017

Prayer for Christian Peacemaker Teams Palestine team and partners.  

Today, please, carry in your thoughts and prayers the Christian Peacemaker Teams work, presence and partners in Palestine. Please pray for:

1. Guidance around the new Settler Municipality and how the team can best support its partners and Palestinians in their continued resistance against these unjust structures.

2. For the children of the occupation who are growing up and having to face psychological, physical and verbal violence as well as restrictions to their play and their right to be a child.

3. For the team members to be able to sustain their important work.

IRAQI KURDISTAN: In the lead-up to the referendum on independence Iranian rockets severely injure a mother of a five-year-old, burn fields and damage houses in Bine Rashkin

CPTnet
9 October 2017
IRAQI KURDISTAN: In the lead-up to the referendum on independence Iranian rockets severely injure a mother of a five-year-old, burn fields and damage houses in Bine Rashkin

by Julie Brown

On 23 September, just two days before Iraqi Kurdistan's scheduled referendum on independence from Iraq, Iranian military fired rockets at Bine Rashkin, a village sitting near the Iranian border in the Sidakan district of Iraqi Kurdistan. Kak Rashad, a CPT partner from a nearby village called CPT during the shelling saying, “Iran is dropping bombs everywhere. It is close to the houses and everything is on fire.”

Four days later, CPT visited the area with Rashad as our guide. He explained to us that one woman was badly wounded and in critical condition in the hospital and offered to take us to her house.

When we arrived at the woman’s home, kak Idris Saadi, a family member, told us about the bombardment of the 23rd and the the woman’s condition. She had been home with her five-year-old son when the attack took place. A shell landed about five meters from her home and the blast blew out all the windows and sent shrapnel tearing through the house. The woman was severely injured as shrapnel and glass from the explosion lodged within her body along one side

Damaged house from Iranian rocket
House impacted by the explotion of Iranian rocket, CPT-Iraqi Kurdistan

FELLOW NOMINEE CHRISTIAN PEACEMAKER TEAMS CONGRATULATE ICAN ON WINNING THE 2017 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

Christian Peacemaker Teams would like to share our sincere congratulations to the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winner ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons). We extend our heartfelt thanks to ICAN for their tireless work in the past year, bringing together 122 countries in order to negotiate and sign a nuclear ban treaty at the United Nations. It is hoped that the ban will have a similar effect to previous international bans on chemical weapons and land mines. This is a significant achievement, and much needed in the current political climate.