Heavy winter in Shengal with great hope

SHENGAL- Women, who have to live in the tents on Shengal Mountains for three years, say they have hope and joy of life on their lands despite all difficulties they face.

Thousands of Êzidîs, who have taken shelter in Shengal Mountain after Daesh attacked Shengal city, have lived in the tents for three winters. Two days ago, it started to snow on Shengal Mountains and covers the tents. The winter is severe on the mountains and living conditions is getting harder in the tents. The snow has created a playground for children but it isn’t snow a lot to play snowball so they use the snow on water containers. Shengal women, who continue to live despite all difficulties, say, “Our lands are worth everything.”

‘It isn’t harder than living in camps’

Xelal Eli has lived on mountains for three years. She said they took shelter in tents after their home was destroyed. Xelal said, “We know we belong to these lands no matter how difficult it is. These lands are ours. Thinking of that makes you happy and raises our hope. Our situation is much better than our people living in the southern and northern camps and even the people trying to go to Europe. Difficulties cannot spare us from our lands.” Xezal called all people to return Shengal and to build the city together.

Eyşan Omer stated that winter conditions were difficult in everywhere and said that, “Most of Êzidîs left Shengal live in camps now. They go to European country with the hope of being “saved” there; however, they live the camps there and they are ill-treated and oppressed. The only place we take shelter in is our land. We built our winter place stronger this year. No negative situation has happened yet. There are defense forces around us. Now, our people in Turkey took out from camps in the winter. We don’t have to accept the persecution they do. Let’s come here and live together. Our mountains are enough for all of us. Êzidîs should come together again and live together.”

Melez Hesen pointed out that they had many difficulties while living in a camp in South Kurdistan and said that, “No place is like your homeland. We are happy here no matter what difficulties we face. My children are small and I have to do all chores myself. It is snowing and the children want to play outside. I don’t allow them in order to protect them from having a cold. We go through a difficult process. The conditions are difficult and we have to protect our children. We can protect and raise our children on our lands.”