Letter Writing Campaign

Please join the WRAP campaign and write the Prime Minister, Ministers, and your Member of Parliament encouraging them to intervene in the humanitarian crisis taking place in Sinjar as the Yazidi victims of genocide are pushed to return to a homeland destroyed by ISIS.

“We must urge Canadians to write letters to the Prime Minister, Immigration Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Now is the time to act to protect the Yazidi people. I can assure you, letters make a difference.”
Senator Mobina Jaffer

To find your Member of Parliament.
A suggested letter is attached and below:

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Office of the Prime Minister
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2

The Honourable Marc Garneau
House of Commons
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

The Honourable Marco Mendicino
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

The Honourable [your MP here]
Member of Parliament
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

[Date]

Attention:
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
The Honourable [your MP here]

Re: Request for intervention in the Yazidi humanitarian crisis taking place in Sinjar

Dear [Sir and/or Madam],

What are Canada’s international moral obligations during a pandemic and beyond?

In the midst of the pandemic, the Yazidi people in Sinjar, Iraq, are suffering severe life-threatening conditions. They need Canada’s help. Will you take action on their behalf?

[Your personal statement here]

In the aftermath of the 2014 genocidal attack by ISIS, hundreds of thousands of Yazidi fled their homes to escape. Eventually Iraq and the United Nations created refugee camps for them throughout Northern Iraq.

The International Community joined forces and defeated ISIS by 2017-2018. Out of necessity, Yazidi people remained in the refugee camps, waiting for Iraq to rebuild Sinjar so they could return home.

In 2020, as Covid-19 spread across the world, the money for the refugee camps dried up. The Yazidi have been pressured to leave the camps and go home. But, Sinjar is a land destroyed by ISIS. Infrastructure destroyed, no clean water, inadequate medical facilities, and hundreds of thousands of landmines planted by ISIS in an act of unfathomable hatred and genocide.

Despite these conditions, over 120,000 Yazidi have returned to Sinjar. Suicide rates there are said to be the highest in the world. What steps will Canada take to help the Yazidi at this crucial time? I urge you to take action immediately.

At the same time, I ask that the Canadian government bring more Yazidi women and girl survivors of ISIS to Canada. They need refuge as they are unable to adapt to the strife in Sinjar, the place where they were captured and enslaved. They cannot heal in the place they were captured and enslaved.

Thank you very much for your attention. I await your response.

Sincerely,

[Your name, address, phone number, email]

Email addresses:
justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca
marc.garneau@parl.gc.ca
Marco.Mendicino@parl.gc.ca

[A request from WRAP: Please contact us to share your letter and be counted in the Yazidi letter writing campaign: wrapforjustice@gmail.com]

Header image credit: Marwan Alrassam