As a necessary step after the liberation of Shingal district mid November 2015, the Ministry of Interior of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) has conducted a rapid damage assessment on the early recovery needs for the town of Shingal.
On the 13th of November 2015, the Peshmerga forces, supported by the International Coalition, launched the Free Shingal Operation and liberated the district. Shingal and 28 villages were retaken after 15 months of ISIS occupation.
ISIS systematically targeted the Yezidi population for their distinct religious identity. Among the most heinous atrocities committed by the group were mass execution of civilians, abduction and enslavement of women and girls, as well as the killing of Yezidi men. Consequently, the Yezidi population has suffered the gravest atrocities committed by the group, have lost all their sources of subsistence and been displaced across the Kurdistan Region.
The town is severely damaged and the infrastructure is either completely destroyed or heavily impaired. It is important to note that the population, particularly the Yezidis, need extensive assistance for safe and dignified return to their homes.
However, the findings presented in the attached assessment present an overview of the level of damages caused by the invasion of ISIS and an estimated cost for immediate recovery for transportation networks, water sanitation, health, education, electricity, housing, and public buildings.
The KRG calls upon and seeks assistance from the members of International Community, organisations, NGOs and individuals to contribute in reviving and restoring services in Shingal.
Please contact the Kurdistan Regional Government Representation office in the United Kingdom to find out more about the immediate needs to help the Yezidis and other minorities live again.