Peace Ambassadors for Iraq (PAFI) is highly concerned over the tragic situation faced by the civilian population in Fallujah, Iraq. There have been numerous reports regarding the siege on the city which is resulting in the deaths of innocent people and the starving and suffering of children, women and the elderly.
The residents of Fallujah have been unable to leave their homes since the beginning of the so-called “liberation” of the city by government forces. The people of the city are being held hostage by government forces and those of Daesh (ISIS). Both sides’ tactics are characterized by extremism and brutality in taking revenge on each other and harming the struggling residents of Fallujah.
It is clear from UN reports on the humanitarian situation, that the blockade of the city by government forces and its militias is causing the deaths of many innocent people through hunger and disease, as well as due to the acute shortages of medicine and other vital needs. The Humanitarian Coordinator at the United Nations in Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, in her statement to Reuters, has already expressed concern about these cases.
The Wall Street Journal has reported that at least a dozen civilians have died of starvation due to the blockade imposed by the Iraqi army and the militias. This is one of the many cases monitored by the international media. Reports have included the fact that local residents have been forced to eat grass to escape starving to death, as had happened to the population of the Syrian city of Madaya who were also under siege.
The Iraqi government and its militia forces have led directly to this tragic situation by preventing residents from leaving the city.
PAFI calls for the immediate lifting of this devastating siege before further innocent people are killed. We appeal to the United Nations and all other international bodies to take a humanitarian role in providing emergency aid to the city.
Sheikh Jamal al-Dhari
President | Peace Ambassadors for Iraq
Further reading on the situation in Fallujah