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Wednesday 13 November 2019
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The UN should act now to protect the Kurds from annihilation

The UN should act now to protect the Kurds from annihilation

 

The Kurdish people paid a very high price by helping the US and its allies fight the ISIS.  In the long war, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of the Kurdish people lost over 17000 fighters to finally drive ISIS out of Northeastern Syria.  This brought some stability to this region. Major European centres previously targeted for attacks by the ISIS became safer.  Unfortunately, the sudden withdrawal of US troops has left the Kurdish people very vulnerable and defenceless against an onslaught by Turkish forces.  This is an unconscionable betrayal of the Kurdish people who have already sacrificed a lot. Latest  footage from the war zone show images of injured children suffering burns from the use of banned chemical weapons reminiscent of the fate of many Tamil civilians bombed by  Sri Lanka in May 2009.

The UN should not abandon the Kurdish people just the way they abandoned the Eelam Tamils in 2009.  The EU countries have a responsibility to act fast and prevent a genocidal onslaught by Turkey.  The situation on the ground is bleak for the Kurdish people who deserve all the assistance they need.

The ICET calls upon on the UN member states to act with urgency to prevent yet another massacre.


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