The terror group ISIS became a household name with the brutal capture of vast areas in Northern Iraq in summer 2014. Systematic killings, kidnappings and wholesale destruction of settlements caused worldwide attention. More than 5000 Yazidi girls and women were taken as spoils of war and sold as slaves.
The Jiyan Foundation operates a network of treatment centers for survivors of human rights violations in Northern Iraq. We support ISIS victims medically and psychologically, and also provide services in several refugee camps in the region. Many of our clients suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression or chronic pain. Our services are free-of-cost, and are open to survivors regardless of their gender, nationality, ethnicity, spiritual beliefs or sexual orientation.
In November, we opened the first specialised health clinic for female survivors of ISIS in Iraq through the support of the aid organisation Misereor and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development: https://www.jiyan-foundation.org/analysis/jiyan-blog/news/first-trauma-clinic
We admitted more than 800 persons who escaped ISIS, including over 500 women and 150 children, to long-term therapy since 2014. Local doctors, mental health specialists, and physiotherapists together develop treatment plans for each patient in order to provide the best possible care.
Our work has been covered in a number of news articles, such as this piece by Lauren Wolfe, published in Foreign Policy: www.foreignpolicy.com/2015/06/11/the-worst-of-all-horrors-iraq-trauma-islamic-state/, an article about art therapy by Pulitzer grantee Emily Feldman, first published at Al Jazeera America: www.pulitzercenter.org/reporting/iraq-middle-east-yazidi-isil-drawings-children, or on Kate Snow at MSNBC: www.msnbc.com/kate-snow/watch/isis-takes-yazidi-women--girls-as-sex-slaves-572739651648.
Your donation helps us provide vital therapy sessions to survivors of the ISIS terror at our facilities in Kurdistan-Iraq.
You will find more information about our work at www.jiyan-foundation.org.
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