Statement: Yazda Concerns on Recent Events in Iraq

Updated: Jan 9, 2020

Yazda is deeply concerned and alarmed by the recent developments unfolding across Iraq. We warn all concerned parties that increased instability jeopardizes any victory over ISIS and increases the risk of its resurgence. Furthermore, instability will severely impact the collective efforts of national and international actors and NGOs to restore living conditions for communities affected by ISIS, including Yazidi and other religious minorities throughout Iraq.

The political and security situations currently developing in Iraq have already affected the ability of NGOs to deliver aid and perform their humanitarian projects. If this situation continues, we fear that numerous NGOs will be forced to exit the country. 

Yazda calls on all sides to refrain from further escalation, and from actions which threaten regional stability and international peace.