Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq
confiscates Assyrian Village
While the Kurdistan Regional Government pretends to show the Western Countries that it is helpping Christian Assyrians, meanwhile, judging from what is happening in this village it is confiscating their land and driving them out.
Fr. George Bet-Rasho
Cor-Bishop, L.A. Reports that he was contacted by several members of Kori Gavana Village Committee to
notify him and others to ask for assistance from the US
Government, and specifically from the US Consulate in Erbil to interfere and
help them stop the confiscation of their village.
The village of Kori Gavana is an Assyrian Christian village located on
the outskirts of Dohuk, and has been in existence since the beginning
of the State of Iraq in 1920s. During Saddam's reign, 500 government houses
were built in this village and given to 500 Kurdish families that were
relocated from Sulaymania. This was part of Saddam's bigger scheme to
change the demographic and the Christian characteristic of this
Consequently Christians in this village have been threatened,
frightened and terrorized by the Kurds who wish to drive them out. They were even stopped
planting their rich agricultural lands (their only source of income),
because they were warned by the Kurds and told that if anyone tried to
plant, their farm and houses will be burned to the ground. This was the
biggest reason why hundreds of Christian families left their homes in
the village and migrated to neighboring countries.
This morning I was informed that the Department of Municipalities had
notified all the Christian families in the village to meet with head of
Municipality of Dohuk at 10:00 am yesterday, 17 September 2012. In this
meeting, the head of Dohuk Municipality told all the people from the
village who attended the meeting that the Government has decided to
take 88% of their lands and transfer the title to the government.
Of course the people of this village feel much violated because their
land is being taken by the government and feel powerless and helpless
against the KRG.
The people of this Christian village are asking assistance from the US
Consulate in Erbil, especially those officials that are in charge of
Minorities and Human Right issues to step in and help them. They have
suffered much during the Saddam era and are suffering now, and have no
one to turn to except for the US government for help.
I appreciate any help you may offer to these helpless people, and
please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
This is a follow up to another email to me.
Further, I want to give you an update on the latest activities carried
by the Kurdistan Government in the village of Kori Gavana.
This morning Kori Gavana people called to tell me that very early this
morning a large team of government day workers and 2 engineers were
actively digging, drilling and excavating on village grounds and in
When the Mukhtar and other people from the village confronted the
government workers and tried to stop them, the government engineers on
site told them that they will not stop and will continue because this
property belongs to the government and all village property titles have
been already transferred and now officially belongs to the government,
and if they have any complaints they should take it up with the KR
Then a group of people from the village went to the Ministry of
Agriculture and to the office of the Mayor (Qa'i Maqam) to find out who
gave the order to dig in the village; officials in both offices said
that they have no information about the excavation and have not
received any notice from the government to do that (which is regulation
and requirement in cases like this).
Finally they went to meet the
Director of Ministry of Tourism Office in Dohuk. The Director informed
them that he received urgent orders from "above" to move as soon as
possible and start digging, and he will not be able to stop the project
unless he received an order from the "above".
I'd appreciate your help in assisting these poor people who have no
worldly possession except their land, which they inherited and has been
in their families for generations.
This is a clear case of human right violation, oppression and
prosecution of minorities living in Kurdistan Region. Some of these
people escaped the prosecution and tyranny of Baghdad, Mousel and Basra
and took refuge in Kurdistan, only to find out that they government in
Kurdistan is harsher and more oppressor.
I am asking you as a Christian Iraqi American to please help these
people. They don't have weapons to fight and defend their village, and
don't belong to a big political party to back them up and fight for
They are at the mercy of and asking for US government intervention to
stop this violation to their basic human rights.
Thanks for your help and I look forward to hearing back form you.
PLEASE SEND THIS to everyone you know, and to the whole world... ask
write objection letters and send it to the KRG president and PM at
these 3 email addresses (copy all 3 emails): Let them forward it
others and theN to more people. Put it in facebook and send it to all
KRG online sites, overfill their in box with 1000s of object letters...
Prime Minister Nichervan Barzani email@example.com President Massoud Barzani President Massoud Barzani
Dr. Fuad firstname.lastname@example.org
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