On Saturday, an official ceremony will be held for the burial of the bodies of 104 Yazidi martyrs, who were killed on the hands of ISIS terrorists back in 2014.
The burial ceremony is being held two days after a memorial service was held for them in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
The ceremony is scheduled to take place in the presence of representatives of the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Iraqi federal government, the United Nations, international and local organizations, especially those working in the field of genocide and families of ISIS victims at the level of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.
On Thursday, a memorial service for the remains of 104 Yazidi victims who were killed by the terrorist organization ISIS in 2014 took place in the village of Kojo, in the presence of the President of the Republic of Iraq Dr. Barham Salih, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hassan Al-Kaabi and Minister of Foreign Affairs Fuad Hussein, senior officials and heads of diplomatic missions in Iraq, as well as a number of families of the victims.
In August 2014 ISIS terrorist occupied the northern Iraqi town of Shingal (Sinjar), main land of the Yazidis, committing mass massacres and the most heinous crimes against them. Men and boys were brutally slaughtered, while women and girls enslaved and raped—all because they believe in something different.
According to the United Nations, ISIS had massacred 5,000 Yazidi men and kidnapped about 7000 Yazidi women and girls (who were forced into slavery) in northern Iraq.
PUK bloc in Iraqi Parliament has mourned the Yazidi victims
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) bloc in the Iraqi Council of Representatives sent a message on Friday on the occasion of the return of the remains of the Yazidi martyrs to the village of Kojo, the text of the message follows:
On the morning of August 15 2014, ISIS terrorists committed a massacre in the village of Koio, in a brutal manner far from human and religious norms and values, which was a calamitous disaster that befell the people of Kurdistan and all Iraqis.
The crime of Kojo village, which was committed against our Yazidi sisters and brothers, resulted in the martyrdom of hundreds of innocent citizens in just moments, and the remains of 104 of them were now returned, in addition to the tragic horror at the time, it was an important factor to define the danger of the ISIS terrorist organization on the international level and to form alliance between the countries of the world to strike ISIS and provide aid and assistance to the fighting forces from the army and the Peshmerga, with the aim of defeating the terrorists. On the other hand, it also contributed to the unification of the political discourse and the agreement of the various political parties, that there is a common enemy for all.
On this painful occasion, we in the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan bloc, affirm our support for every governmental and parliamentary move at the level of the two federal governments and the Kurdistan Region to compensate the Yazidi sisters and brothers in the village of Kojo, Shingal (Sinjar) and the rest of the other regions, financially and morally, and we also call on the Presidency of the Parliament and other parliamentary blocs to accelerate in voting on the draft law of Yazidi women survivors and passing it in the Council of Representatives, where the PUK bloc was the main defender in legislating the law
Greetings to the souls of the Yazidi martyrs and all the martyrs who are victims of black terrorism.
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan bloc
In the Iraqi parliament