In May 2018 when Yezidi IDP camps in Kurdish areas were deluged by rains and flash floods, the Ezidikhan Government turned to the Government of India when neither Baghdad nor Kurdish Regional Government responded to its urgent requests for assistance.
On May 7th 2018, more than 25,000 Yezidis living in camps were inundated by torrential rains and flash floods that forced them out of their camps. Many families lost their tent shelters along with furniture and most of their belongings.
On May 31st, the first lot of ten ten family-size tents together with supplies were delivered to Yezidi families of hard-hit Sardashty IDP camp that had lost their tents to the flash floods. Ezidikhan Government cabinet ministers who had helped to source help from India were also present to roll up their sleeves, pitch in, and help to deliver and set up tents for Yezidi families.
Prime Minister Waheed Mandoo Hammo, speaking of the suffering and despair of Yezidis living in Iraq said, “No one outside of Yezidis will care until Yezidis act! Yezidis must mobilize and take action on the local level. That is the answer to the disorder…as this has been the answer all along.”
First Deputy Prime Minister Barjis Soso Khalaf, who was also involved in the process of obtaining India’s help and personally helped to purchase and deliver new tents for flood victims, said, “We are grateful for the full support of the Government of India and others in this effort to help Yezidi flood victims. We are grateful beyond words for their standing in support of the Yezidi community.”
Minister of Justice Nallein Sowilo reiterated her government’s appreciation, adding, “When the international community failed to help Yezidi victims of flooding, India was the only nation that offered their support. We as Yezidis are grateful for this partnership and support.”
In a brief video circulating on YouTube and Facebook, the Prime Minister’s aide Sfean Waheed Mando, describes the flood relief effort and thanks all who were involved in the effort including Yezidi Human Rights Organization-International, Yezidi International and Sewa International.