In cooperation with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies held a symposium entitled: “Towards a sustainable peace in Sinjar.”

A number of Yazidi youth activists from Sinjar, as well as two survivors of ISIS captivity, participated in the symposium.

The symposium was opened by one of the Yazidi women survivors by talking about her experience in captivity, Nasreen Hassan pointed to the need to care and attend to the victims of terrorism, and to communicate with the international community to convey the successful experiences of transitional justice to Sinjar and other liberated areas.

The International Organization for Migration’s consultant, Saad Salloum spoke about the complexities of the Sinjar Agreement and the necessities of listening to the local community there for positive and sustainable peace in that strategic region.

For his part, Khairy Ali, an activist from Sinjar, called for faster pacing in checking mass graves, identifying the remains of the victims, and punishing the perpetrators.

As for Elefa Hassan, the feminist activist who called for attention to women in that region, she pointed out that there are immense gender gaps, particularly, in the economic fields, which may force many women to resort to non-government armed groups.

The Yazidi activist, Maysir Al-Adani, called on to listen to the voice of the youth and expedite the reconstruction of the Sinjar area and the return of the displaced people to it.

Mahmoud Bargashi called for solving the administrative problems between the federal and Kurdistan governments, as the problem of Sinjar is purely political, and it delays all efforts to restore normal life to it.

The symposium also included interventions from the audience.