Vigil at border as Shengal-Rojava corridor remains closed

The humanitarian corridor between Shengal and Rojava remains closed. For two weeks, protests have been staged at the Iraqi-Syrian border.

For two weeks, people have been holding a vigil in the border area between Shengal and Rojava and call for the reopening of the humanitarian corridor. The activists have pitched a tent where they are holding a vigil. The diplomatic efforts of Kurdish officials from Shengal in Baghdad have so far been unsuccessful.

The humanitarian corridor between Shengal and Rojava was opened up by the guerrilla and YPG/YPJ units when the ISIS terrorist militia raided the Yazidi settlement in northern Iraq on 3 August 2014, killing thousands of people. On 15 December 2018, the border crossing was closed by the Iraqi central government. The people of Shengal responded against the closure with protests, temporarily achieving a practical reopening. A short time later, the corridor was closed again.

Semalka, another border crossing from Southern Kurdistan to Rojava, is controlled by the Barzani party KDP and is subject to arbitrariness of the Southern Kurdistan authorities.