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+++ Mesopotamian Ecology Movement +++

*10.000 hectares burnt down in Kurdistan by the Turkish Army – International Delegation needed more than ever!*


We want to renew our call to form an international delegation to investigate the forest fires in North-Kurdistan caused by the Turkish Army. It is more and more urgent to raise international public as in the last one week the number of forest fires and burnt forests increase daily.

Around ten days ago activists of our movement did a first investigation together with a group of Turkish ecological activists in different parts of Kurdistan (the report will be published in the next days). According to this and further gathered information from local people the number of forest fires has exceeded the number of 50 in at least eight provinces: Dersim (Tunceli), Çewlik (Bingöl), Amed (Diyarbakır), Mardin, Siirt, Şirnex (Şırnak), Çolemerg (Hakkari) and Bitlis. The total number of forest areas burnt down in the last one month has reached 10.000 hectares land! We are concerned that this will be intensified in the next weeks as long as the military operations of the Turkish Army continue.

We call again on the international political activists, social movements, NGO’s working on ecological issues and political parties to come to North-Kurdistan next month. Your/their participation may have a contribution to broach the issue of these forest fires on the international level.

The participants of the delegation are expected to be in Amed (Diyarbakır) on the evening of the 9th September 2015. On the late afternoon of the 12th September the programme will end. On the 10th of September the delegation will investigate forest fires in the province of Amed. The 11th of September is foreseen for another province (Mardin or Şirnex). On the 12th, either we will bring together the results of the visits. We can offer to organize accomodation if requested.

We are happy to welcome every person joining this important delegation!

Ercan Ayboga

for the Mesopotamian Ecology Movement


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