Yezidi girls and women

In August 2014 militants of the Islamic State (IS) attacked the habitat of the Iraqi Yezidi minority abducting thousands of girls and women. While an estimated 1800 people were killed at least 3200 Yezidi girls and women have been forced into slavery. Those who managed to escape or have been freed are often severely traumatized..

The girls and women have often been abused and used as sex slaves for the IS fighters returning from the front lines. Some of them have been sold on to Saudi Arabia, Jordan or Libya. Two years later around 2400 women and girls have escaped or have been bought free by their families.

War Trauma Foundation has been involved since 2015 to train community workers of the EMMA Foundation to provide individual support to the girls and women. We have also been able to teach art therapy to the psychosocial supporters which helps the women to cope with their experiences and express their feelings.

Currently our work is reaching Erbil and Duhok in Kurdistan and with our local partner we were able to support over 600 women. In the near future we hope to expand the training to community workers elsewhere in Kurdistan and Iraq.

Donate now to make psychosocial support more widely available in Iraqi Kurdistan.