After a series of joint meetings with religious and community leaderships of Muslim, Christian and Yazidi communities and other minority groups of Ninawa Province, arranged by MASART Institution for Cultural and Media Development in partnership with Heartland Alliance International, a Declaration of restoring and building trust among the components of the province in the post-Daesh era is announced.
The Declaration included a set of recommendation the participants of the meetings agreed on, so as to activate and follow them at the level of statesmen, clergymen, civil society activists and media.
Mr. Saad Salloum, General Coordinator of MASARAT, said that: “this Declaration represents and step in combating the challenge of lack of trust among Muslims and Yazidis after the genocide and ethnic cleansing they encountered at the hands of Daesh, it also enhances the positive psychological and cultural environment which is required to reconstruct Mosel City as well as Ninawa Plains and Sinjar after liberating them from Daesh. The Declaration draws a short term policy for coexistence for the present and a long term plan for the future of diversity in Iraq”.
On the other hand, Mr. Salah Ali, Director of Heartland Alliance International in Iraq said that this Declaration is an important part of the issues Heartland Alliance is adopting in its plan to restoring peace and helping minority groups in general and Ninawa in particular. He added that “our organization worked with MASART to issue this Declaration which is a very important step in the track of restoring stability to the region.”
Mr. Salah added that “the destruction left by Daesh among all ethnic components is tremendous and it requires serious efforts to restore trust, to encourage IDPs to return to their original places without grudge and hatred, and without retaliation and revenge, but to resort to the judiciary to demand for their rights. There will be further meetings with the societal and religious leaderships of all components of the region to open channels of communication with competent governmental entities to publicize the Declaration and implement it.”
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