MENA World • Page 9

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    "Religious illiteracy and intolerance were their driving force.

    Religious persecution was their response.

    Murder, torture, abuse, rape and sexual violence, forced displacement were their weapons of choice.

    Genocide was their aim.

    Why is the religious character of the atrocities so important? It is important because only by recognising the true nature of the atrocities, will it be possible to address the root causes. In doing so, we may be able to prevent similar atrocities from recurring. The response to the atrocities needs to be dependent upon the nature of the events and ideology of those that perpetrate the crimes. Mass atrocities that are perpetrated because of the religion of the persecuted group cannot, for example, be combated with weapons only. It is crucial to attack the very core of the ideology that caused the persecutor to turn their guns against the persecuted group. If the ideology is not eradicated, for example with religious teaching about tolerance, inclusion, diversity, interfaith dialogue and respect for dignity for humankind, we will not achieve a sustainable solution.

    To commemorate the victims and survivors of the Daesh genocidal atrocities I will publish four pieces on the ‘post-Daesh’ situation of minorities in Iraq. The first will the focus on justice for genocide and crimes against humanity; the second, protection of minority rights; the third, reconstruction and return; and the fourth on prevention. My hope is that, over the month of August, the month that in 2014 that changed the history of Iraq forever, some awareness will be raised and the dialogue about the raised issues can begin anew."

    They Came, They Killed, They Destroyed And It Will Happen Again
     
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