Category Archives: Iraq

Escape from Sinjar Mountain, but what next?

By Donatella Rovera, Senior Crisis Response Advisor at Amnesty International, in northern Iraq After a harrowing escape, first from their hometown of Qahtanya and then from Sinjar Mountain – where they were stuck for eight days with very little food … Continue reading

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Testimonies from Kocho: The village ISIS tried to wipe off the map

By Donatella Rovera, Senior Crisis Response Advisor at Amnesty International, in northern Iraq  Just as the dire humanitarian situation on north-western Iraq’s Sinjar Mountain was beginning to improve, news broke on Friday about one of the worst reported attacks in … Continue reading

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The flight from Mosul: “We left everything behind to save our lives”

By Donatella Rovera, Senior Crisis Response Adviser at Amnesty International. Marvin is a 27-year-old accountant. His life and that of his family were turned upside down last week, when members of the Islamic State (ISIS) turned up at their home … Continue reading

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The plight of Iraq’s civilian population

By Donatella Rovera , Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Adviser. Thousands of Iraqi civilians displaced by the current conflict are stranded at checkpoints separating the areas controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the rest of Iraq. At first … Continue reading

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War crimes in the battle for Mosul

By Donatella Rovera, Senior Crisis Response Adviser at Amnesty International from Mosul, Iraq Long lines of cars full of terrified families jammed the road as I left Mosul on 25 June. The mass exodus is testament to the impact on … Continue reading

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