A call to save the minorities of Iraq

topicAlbert Einstein once wrote, “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.”
On behalf of many civil, ethnic, and cultural Iraqi American community organizations, this is a call to save the minorities of Iraq, and the people of Iraqi.

With little interference, ISIS has persecuted, killed, and evicted minorities from their homes, including the Christians of Mosul, the Yazidis of Sinjar, the Turkomans of Amerli and the Shabaks and others minorities of Iraq.
ISIS, which controls territory that stretches from Iraq to Syria, has committed many atrocities against the Iraqi people; but its treatment of minorities and women has been particularly barbaric. After the capture of Mosul, and the establishment the Islamic State, IS or ISIS has imposed a system of so-called justice based on mass executions, beheadings, and forced conversions to its brand of Islam. A huge exodus from towns that have fallen to ISIS has created a massive refugee problem. ISIS has looted towns, destroyed monuments, churches, mosques, and shrines; anything that does not fit in with their religious ideology. Christians, Yazidis, Kurds, Turkomans, Shiites, and Sunnis have not been spared from ISIS’s rampage of death and destruction.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the Kurdish region stated “People are in camps, but also in all the schools, churches, mosques, parks, and streets across the region. People are everywhere, in every village. We are bringing in items from wherever we can, but it is a massive project.”
To save our Iraqi refugees and help them to survive, we need a minimum of a million dollars a day in assistance for the next six months.
We call on the Iraqi government, USA government, the European Union, the United Nations, and the international community to help the Iraqi people and the Iraqi minorities by:
First, initiating massive humanitarian assistance to the refugees to help them survive this ordeal, and help those who are already outside Iraq.
Second, stopping ISIS, and cleansing Iraq of them, so our people can get back to their homes and villages and re-build their lives again.
Third, declaring the actions of ISIS as crimes against humanity, and echo the American Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, when he spoke about ISIS “This is beyond anything we have seen, we must prepare for everything.”
Fourth, condemning the treatment of women by ISIS, and stopping the slavery of the Iraqi women.
Fifth, prosecute and punish countries and individuals who supply and support the terrorists, and make it a crime against humanity to do so.
This is a call from the Iraqi American community organizations; stop the genocide against the Iraqi minorities, stop ISIS, and help the Iraqi people.
Nabil Roumayah,
Iraqi American community organizations