While protests against the deal regarding Sinjar and the relations between Turkey and the Iraqi Kurdistan Region continue, the Peace Mothers urged Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leader Masoud Barzani to consider the importance of unity among Kurds.
“We don’t want to shed tears anymore”, said the Peace Mothers to Barzani. Peace Mother Emine Erbey said the biggest problem among the Kurds is the lack of national unity. She said that states took advantage of this situation and used it. Erbey also criticised the relationship between the KDP and Turkey. “Our children died in these lands of Kurdistan. No other group experienced what Kurds have been through because of this country. This is enough now. We want peace and brotherhood. We see Barzani as a part of our family, and he should not act in this way”.
She went on to say that a possible war between the Kurds will bring nothing but suffering. “The Barzani family will also suffer a lot. They cannot gain anything by shooting their brothers. Tension is of no use to the Kurds. War is killing, getting dirty. War is the extinction of humanity. You cannot get anywhere with war. The solution to these problems is in national unity”.
Emphasising that they are against war and are fighting for peace, another Peace Mother, Gülsüm Dağ, addressed Barzani as follows: “Barzani must put an end to this attitude. We want brotherhood, he wants war. We do not want our children to die; we do not want mothers to shed tears. We are already wounded by wars. Why should the Kurds fight among themselves when everyone is attacking the Kurds? What does Barzani want from us? He says they should leave the land, but that land belongs to everyone”.
Peace Mother Güler Buğday claimed that Barzani is being manipulated by other countries. She warned about the danger of the war between Kurds and the prospect of birakuji (fratricide). “Today, ‘birakuji’ is on the agenda again. The same games we’ve seen in history continue. Games are played with the blood of Kurdish children. Do not submit to tricks by states that killed the Kurds”.