UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Twenty-seven Yazidis and their children, victims of the Islamic State in Iraq, arrived Wednesday at Charles de Gaulle airport near Paris to start a new life in France, AFP reporters said.
It is the last group of Yazidi women to be received by France as part of a reception program set up in late 2018.Totally, 100 women have moved to France with their children after a pledge by French President Emmanuel Macron in this direction to the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, who was a victim of extremist organization.
“Welcome, you are in France! You will see, gradually your children will go to school, but it will be friends,” said Eric Chevalier, director of the French Foreign Ministry’s Crisis Center, at a brief reception after the women and their children disembarked from the plane from Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. In your house.”
The seemingly confused women were accompanied by mostly young children, some of whom wore elegant clothing. A number of teenagers were also among the boys.
“What we have experienced in the last five years is inconceivable. Today France has opened its arms to us, we can only be grateful,” a 30-year-old mother told AFP.
“The first thing we want to do is learn the language, send our children to school,” she said. “Later, our children will decide what they want to do in their lives.”
Giovanni Cassani, an IOM official in Erbil who accompanied the families, said: “There are many aspirations.” On the one hand (Yazidis) find it difficult to leave their home country, their families and villages, but on the other there is also enthusiasm to start a new life in a new country. Is full of opportunities. ”
The Yazidis lived far away from the mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan in the north of the country, a Kurdish-speaking minority following a monotheistic religion.
In August 2014, ISIS took control of one third of Iraq, particularly in the Sinjar Mountains, the historical stronghold of the Yazidis. The group has committed crimes against them that could amount to genocide, according to the United Nations. Within days, jihadists killed hundreds of men from the group, forcibly recruited children and enslaved thousands of women.
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