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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Sep 25, 2019 4:08 am

Surviving Yazidi men desperate to
reunite with families in Germany


In a small home on the outskirts of a camp in northern Iraq, a group of Yazidi men are chatting animatedly while drinking freshly brewed tea. The three roommates met only a few years ago, but now function as each other’s stand-in families. Their own loved ones are thousands of kilometres away in Germany

These Yazidi men are part of a larger group of about 30 husbands and fathers who are trying - in vain, they say - to reunite with their families in the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg.

For Marwan Jada’an, the agony of being separated from his family is a feeling he knows well. His wife Jamila and five children were among the more than 6,000 Yazidis kidnapped in August 2014 when the Islamic State (IS) group overran their ancestral homeland of Sinjar.

In what the United Nations now calls a genocide, the militant group rounded up and slaughtered thousands of Yazidi men. The women were taken as sex slaves and many of the young boys used as child soldiers.

One day 11 months after their disappearance, Marwan received an unexpected call. From Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria, Jamila managed to reach a phone while her captors were away at Friday prayers. Within a week, Marwan had tracked down their location and paid IS $18,000 to free his family members.

“I was so happy when my family called me,” Marwan said. “We spent an amazing five months together.”

Marwan Jada’an’s wife and children spent 11 months in IS captivity before relocating to Germany. (MEE/Elizabeth Hagedorn)
Marwan Jada’an’s wife and children spent 11 months in IS captivity before relocating to Germany (MEE/Elizabeth Hagedorn)

But Jamila, as well as her two boys and three girls, had endured unfathomable trauma during their captivity. They all were in dire need of medical care, but, at the time, the Iraqi government and international organizations helping Yazidis weren’t providing much in the way of psychosocial support.

Then Marwan and Jamila learned of a programme run by the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg offering trauma therapy for families like theirs.

“We knew if we were in Germany our children could feel good again,” Jamila said in a message to Middle East Eye over WhatsApp.

Marwan and Jamila leapt at the opportunity to get their children out of harm’s way and into the offices of trained psychotherapists. Marwan, however, would stay behind.

“When they interviewed my family, they asked me to sign a paper saying that I won’t be able to see them for two years,” he said. “But after those two years passed, they would be able to file for me to reunite with them.”

It’s been four years, and Marwan is still waiting to see them.
Countries turn away Yazidis

Although Sinjar was liberated from IS in 2015, only a quarter of the mountainside town’s original population has returned. Basic services such as electricity and water are lacking, and landmines and booby traps still litter the area.

Displaced Yazidis also point to reports of IS-related activity in Iraq as evidence it’s not yet safe for their long-persecuted community to move home.

The Yazidis of the Caliphate's 'last breath'

Despite the uncertain security situation in Sinjar, Yazidi advocates say governments around the world are rejecting Yazidi refugees on the grounds that Iraq has defeated IS and the country is stable enough for their return.

    “Yazidis are facing an unknown future in Iraq and the whole Middle East,” says Ahmed Khudida Burjus, deputy executive director of advocacy group Yazda.

“It is too soon to turn Yazidi asylum seekers away.”

In Germany just 60 per cent of Yazidi asylum applications were approved in 2018, down from 85 per cent the previous year, according to German newspaper Neue Osnabrucker Zeitung.

The number of Yazidis resettled in the United States has also plummeted. According to the International Rescue Committee, just five Yazidis were accepted in 2018 compared to 445 the previous year.

Only after significant pressure from advocates did immigration authorities in the Netherlands reverse a plan to deport Yazidi asylum seekers from the country.

Pari Ibrahim, who runs the advocacy group Free Yezidi Foundation, says she’s grateful for the countries that have welcomed Yazidis. But she’s concerned about the strain caused to families when some members are granted asylum and others aren’t.

“[It’s] a difficult choice to seek a better and safer life outside but also leave some family members behind,” Ibrahim said.

Family reunions delayed in Germany

That wasn’t Mirza Dinnayi’s intention when he helped to set up the programme in Germany.

Dinnayi, a Yazidi activist and former adviser to the Iraqi president on minority affairs, met with the first group of Yazidis rescued from IS captivity. He believed resettling them in a safe country with superior healthcare offered these women the best shot at rebuilding their lives.

“Some say, it’s important to treat them inside their [home country] atmosphere. But they have no environment anymore,” said Dinnayi.

“They are living in tents.”

The German state of Baden-Wurttemberg stepped up to the plate, spending euros 45m ($50m) on a programme that would provide specialised psychotherapy for 1,100 survivors.

    'It would be great for their children to be reunited. But at the moment, it’s not possible'

    - Theresa Schopper, Baden-Württemberg State Minister

Beginning in March 2015, the programme provided the Yazidis with housing, financial assistance, health and psychosocial care, and free education, as well as the opportunity for participants to apply for German citizenship.

Of the roughly 500 women selected for the programme, just 33 had husbands. The rest lost their spouses to ISIS.

For the most part, the men weren’t ready to come to Germany, Dinnayi says. Many had family members still captive whom they would need to stay behind for. Others were still fighting IS.

But years later, those men are ready to join their families in Germany, and activists like Dinnayi warn that keeping them apart could create a new type of trauma within the community.

A 2019 study authored by Jan Kizilhan, a German-Kurdish psychologist involved in selecting the Yazidis for the programme, made the case that bringing their husbands to Germany would have a positive impact on the women’s healing process.

After spending nine months in IS captivity, Salim Hasso Khalaf and his family escaped to Iraq’s Kurdish region. (MEE/Elizabeth Hagedorn)
After spending nine months in IS captivity, Salim Hasso Khalaf and his family escaped to Iraq’s Kurdish region. (MEE/Elizabeth Hagedorn)

“It would be great for their children to be reunited,” said Baden-Württemberg State Minister Theresa Schopper. “But at the moment, it’s not possible.”

According to Schopper, who oversees her state’s humanitarian programmes in Iraq, the main issue is that, under German law, family reunifications cannot take place if the family is reliant on certain social benefits.

Most of the Yazidi women in the programme, Schopper says, are working low-paying jobs and cannot yet fully support their families.

There are also language and housing requirements, which the Yazidi men interviewed for this piece said they weren’t aware of when their wives and children agreed to relocate to Germany.

“We thought two years would go fast, and we will join them,” said Salim Hasso Khalaf. “I need them to be by my side.”

Khalaf, who spent nine months in IS captivity with his wife and four children, says he hasn’t received any updates from the German consulate in Erbil since he went for an interview in September 2018.

Schopper says her office is negotiating with local and national officials to make exceptions to the rules for certain Yazidi families, but she can’t make any guarantees.

“I think there are some cases where it will be possible, and there will be some cases where it will be really hard,” Schopper said.
Languishing in camps

A WhatsApp group has become a sort of virtual support group for the 30 or so husbands still in Iraq. There they share updates on their families, and at times, commiserate with each other.

“They should let us visit our families at least once a year. Even inmates in jail get some kind of permission to visit their families,” said Kichi A’amo Silo, one of the men in the group.

'
    My kids feel like they're at home. But they miss their father'

    - Jamila, Yazidi mother

When asked if they would consider applying for tourist visas to at least visit their families in Germany, the men said they wouldn’t bother. The Iraqi passport, they pointed out, ranks among the weakest in the world and makes travel to European countries like Germany difficult, if not impossible.

In the meantime, Marwan keeps in touch with his family on WhatsApp on the days when there is a strong internet signal in the camp. When there is no working connection, he’ll go as many as 10 days without hearing from them.

The children have grown to love Germany, Jamila says. Their oldest son plays football and the girls have joined gymnastics and swimming teams.

“My kids feel like they're at home. But they miss their father,” said Jamila. “It’s been four years, and we need him."

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Sep 25, 2019 11:24 am

US to give Iraq Daesh
victims $6.8m in aid


The US Agency for International Development (USAID) pledged to give Iraq’s displaced ethnic and religious minorities financial support of $6.8 million, the body said on Saturday

US Vice President Mike Pence made the announcement which was confirmed by the organisation’s administrator Mark Green.

The aid is intended to address and mitigate the victims of genocide perpetrated by Daesh, in particular in 2014 when the extremist group swept across swathes of northern Iraq, carrying out atrocities against the Yazidi community.

USAID also explained that the award will be administered through the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Solidarity Fund Poland.

It is understood that the CRS will be working in partnership with the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil, in the Kurdistan region to assist vulnerable families with their essential needs and to help facilitate their safe return home.

Last year, Pence criticised USAID for being too slow and bureaucratic in its response to reaching those in need, in spite of efforts to bypass the “inadequate” UN through supporting efforts directly via USAID and faith-based charities.

The initiative forms part of USAID’s Genocide Recovery and Persecution Response and compliments H.R.390, the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018, which takes into consideration the degree to which religious or ethnic identity contributes to one’s vulnerability.

Speaking at the UN’s Session on Religious Freedom, Pence also stated that “Iran-backed militias terrorize Christians and Yazidis who were nearly wiped out by ISIS’s [Daesh’s] recent campaign of genocide”

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190 ... 8m-in-aid/

5 YEARS IT HAS TAKEN THEM 5 YEARS

It did NOT take the US many weeks to spend BILLIONS bombing ISIS

That bombing not only killed many ISIS, it also killed innocent people and destroyed VAST areas of habitation, rendering many homes and villages totally uninhabitable

The Yazidis have lived in a world of unbelievable horror for more than 5 YEARS, with no hope of a future

3,000 Yazidi abductees still missing :((
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PostAuthor: Anthea » Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:23 pm

Amal Clooney urges UN to put
ISIS fighters on trial in Iraq


Amal Clooney addresses diplomats at the United Nations over plans to put 20,000 ISIS fighters on trial in Iraq

    Human rights lawyer, 41, addressed 20 diplomats at the UN on Thursday

    She sat alongside Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok

    Blok is pushing initiative to have 20,000 ISIS fighters put on trial in Iraq

    Amal Clooney has represented Yazidi women forced into sexual slavery by ISIS

    On Tuesday, Clooney appeared at UN to urge protections for journalists
Amal Clooney appeared at the United Nations in New York for the second time this week on Thursday.

The human rights lawyer addressed a meeting of high-level officials from 20 countries who convened to discuss placing ISIS fighters on trial in Iraq.

Clooney sat next to Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok, who has taken the initiative of setting up possible tribunals for some 20,000 ISIS members.

Blok is working alongside his Iraqi counterpart, Ali Alhakim, who helped organize a meeting that included diplomats from 20 countries, according to the Dutch news site NRC.

Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok (left) and human rights lawyer Amal Clooney (right) attend a meeting about ISIS at the United Nations in New York on Thursday

Clooney addressed officials who discussed a Dutch-Iraqi proposal to put 20,000 ISIS fighters on trial in Iraq

Clooney has long advocated for bringing ISIS fighters and leaders to justice before international courts

Clooney has represented Yazidi women and girls who were forced into sexual slavery by ISIS

There are an estimated 20,000 ISIS fighters in Iraq - 1,000 of them being foreigners from European and other Western countries.

Clooney, the wife of actor George Clooney, was also scheduled to address the officials on Thursday.

For years, Amal Clooney has represented ethnic Yazidi women who were taken captive and forced into sexual slavery by ISIS.

Yazidis are a minority community in Iraq who were recognized by the UN as victims of genocide by ISIS.

Clooney represents Yazidi women and girls who were held in the house of Umm Sayyaf, the wife of Islamic State financier Abu Sayyaf.

Kayla Mueller, an American humanitarian aid worker, was also held there for a time. In February 2015, reports surfaced indicating that she had been killed while in ISIS captivity.

Amal Clooney has long advocated that ISIS fighters and officials responsible for crimes against Yazidi women and girls be brought to trial.

Clooney also made an appearance at the UN on Tuesday to speak out about press freedoms.

The 41-year-old lawyer told a panel that journalists worldwide faced danger in countries with unstable political climates.

Clooney on Tuesday addressed a panel discussion at the UN about press freedom around the world

Amal Clooney says leaders with liberal values need to step up

‘Our research targets laws being used every day to punish journalists for their work,’ Clooney said.

‘Laws like criminal libel, vague or overboard hate speech laws, so-called fake news laws, and laws that muzzle the media by imposing arbitrary conditions on ownership, accreditation and funding.’

Though she didn’t mention Donald Trump by name, Clooney indirectly slammed the president for his attacks on the press, whom he calls ‘fake news.’

‘Such laws are part of a rising drumbeat of legal assault on journalists and they are particularly open to abuse when senior officials vilify the media, creating a toxic environment in which individual journalists are incredibly vulnerable to attack,’ Clooney said.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:00 am

Participation of the Yazidi delegation in the eleventh conference to combat violence against women on the occasion of (Islamic Day against violence against women) under the patronage of Mr. Ammar al-Hakim, the head of the National Wisdom Movement:

His Eminence Ammar Al Hakim
Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr. Mohammed Halbousi
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for giving me this time to talk about the suffering of Yazidi women and Iraqi women in general, and about the tragedy of the Yezidi religion in the recent genocide perpetrated by ISIS on August 3, 2014.

ISIS has committed the most heinous crimes in our country of killing, capturing, violating symptoms, looting people's money and destroying whole areas. These gangs came to end everything beautiful from our lives, to sow the distinction between the components of Iraq, and exploited and used religion to wash the minds of young people.To this day, while we welcome the military victory, we must know that the thought of ISIS is not over and the doctrine of ISIS continues. ISIS may have ended in place but its thought will remain for years and decades, and this is the greatest danger for minorities in Iraq.

I am an Yezidi survivor from Sinjar, participating in the conference with my surviving sisters. We came to Baghdad to remind everyone of what happened and is still happening to us. So far there are more than 2700 Yezidi women and children under captivity, there are still dozens of mass graves from which the remains have not been lifted, and our people are still displaced in the camps can not return, and our areas are still Even more than five years later, justice has been devastating.

Yezidi women have been subjected to unacceptable reason or human conscience, and what ISIS has done to us and our children and mothers to buy, sell and rape has never happened in the world.

So far, the Iraqi government has not done its duty to us, and the fact that it does not care about this genocide and this reality, as if we are not part of this country, the simplest steps have not yet been taken. The fact is that the countries of the world are interested in the file of our extermination and our cause more than the Iraqi government, but our government continues to neglect on this issue.

Today, we reiterate our demands to:

1. Provide adequate protection and with the participation of the United Nations to ensure the safe return of the Yezidis to their homes, we do not want other annihilation, we no longer feel safe.

2. Protection and opening of all mass graves, including a cemetery containing the remains of 86 women, five years ago and even the remains of the bones of our martyrs either burned or washed away with rain and floods, we demand the establishment of a unified mass grave that includes the remains of the Yezidis to be the symbol of the Yezidi genocide.

3 - Forming a committee by the United Nations in coordination with the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government and in cooperation with the parties in Syria to search for the abducted and kidnapped Yezidi in the camps of Syria, including (Hul camp)
Before the return of the displaced to their areas so that we can identify the detainees in the camp because some of them do not remember anything from their lives before the advent of ISIS and this is difficult for them to return.

We, the victims' families, can also participate with this committee if they allow us to do so.

4. Hold all ISIS members accountable except in Iraq or abroad, and demand that they be sentenced in fair and transparent courts.

5. Legislation of the Yezidi Survivors Act by Parliament and the official recognition of the Yezidi genocide.

6. Provide adequate financial support to the affected and displaced persons, rebuild our areas and compensate the families of the martyrs as martyrs of war.

I thank the organizers of this important conference.
We hope that our legitimate demands will not be a dead letter like any other local and international conferences.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:07 am

Yazidi sex slave survivor
to face ISIS rapist in court


On a bitter day in the dead of winter, as 2017 was drawing to a close, Shatha Salim Bashar was rescued from hell

The Yazidi made it home after almost three-and-a-half years as an ISIS sex slave in Iraq and Syria.

“I can’t forget the first time I was raped,” Shatha, 28, told Fox News. “I was traded 14 times among the jihadists.”

She was kidnapped alongside her mother, her sister, and two younger brothers. In the beginning, she pretended to be the mother of her youngest brother, aged just 3 – in the hopes she would be spared violation if ISIS militants believed she was not a virgin.

But Shatha was violated by every one of her 14 enslavers. Moreover, the tiny young woman was used as a human shield by ISIS, thrust onto the frontlines in Syria and forced to watch her best Yazidi friend die on the battlefield. Her reunification months later should have been one of jubilation – but her friend’s family also arrived with smiles, thinking the women were rescued together. Shatha was the one to break the shattering news.

In spite of all she has endured since ISIS suddenly stormed her village of Kocho, in the foothills of Iraq’s Sinjar Mountain on August 15, 2014, Shatha’s scars – inside and out – have become her stories.

Next month, Shatha will travel to Germany and face one of her alleged rapists in the court of law as he stands trial for ISIS membership in his European home of origin, a representative for the Kurdish President’s Office told Fox News. She intends to testify against him.
On a bitter day in the dead of winter, as 2017 was drawing to a close, Shatha Salim Bashar, now 28, was rescued from ISIS sex slavery

It has been more than five years since ISIS ravaged the villages of Iraq’s Sinjar Mountain – slaughtering thousands of Yazidi boys and men and abducting thousands of girls and women into their ranks of sex slavery.

And Shatha wants to be a voice for the voiceless. She wants to remind the world not to forget their fractured community who are left languishing with little in the way of help.

According to statistics issued to Fox News from the Office of Kidnapped Affairs – established in 2014 by the now President of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government, Nechirvan Barzani, to rescue kidnapped Yazidis – 550,000 Yazidis remain in war-ravaged Iraq. Some 360,000 of them are still in displacement.

At least 1,293 Yazidis were killed on August 3 and over the following few days at the beginning of the ISIS invasion. A total of 6,417 Yazidi were kidnapped at that time – 3,548 females and 2,869 males. Some 3509 Yazidis are documented as having survived the ordeal: 1192 women, 337 men, 1033 girls, and 947 boys. Chillingly, 2,908 Yazidis are deemed still missing – 1323 females and 1585 males.

The number of orphans produced by the invasion stands at 2,745 and the number of Yazidis who have emigrated out of Iraq, their ancestral homeland, is documented to be more than 100,000.

While the Office of Kidnapped Affairs rescued Shatha, along with her mother and sister, her brothers – who were just 8 and 3, remain unaccounted for. The last she saw of the small boys, they were carted off to ISIS training camps.

“We need help to rescue the rest of the people that are still missing,” Shatha said.

The Office of Kidnapped Affairs made its most recent rescue last week – two Yazidi girls were brought back from the rebel-stronghold of Idlib, Syria. Since the “Caliphate” formally crumbled earlier this year, the Office has spread its resources into locating the lost girls and boys across Syria and Turkey. Many of them are believed to be disguised as Muslim wives; still entangled in their terrorist purgatory.

Shatha’s brothers are two of thousands of Yazidi boys yanked into the ISIS lair of forced conversion, indoctrination, and violence.

“Yazidi boys who are forced into Cubs of the Caliphate training often are the amongst the most courageous fighters and volunteer for suicide missions, believing they will go to the ‘The Paradise,'” said Anne Speckhard, director of the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) and Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University. “These boys were separated from their older male relatives by ISIS who shot them dead and from their mothers and sisters. Of course, they would opt for any escape offered to them – a palatable escape from overwhelming psychic pain and unbearable traumatic grief.”

Subsequently, Hussein al-Qaedi, the Yazidi Director of the Office for Kidnapped Affairs, is calling for permission from the central government to conduct DNA testing inside the detainment facilities where foreign ISIS fighters and their families are held.

“We believe Yazidis are among them. If countries take back foreign fighters, they might take Yazidi kids with them,” he stressed. “And then they will be disappeared forever.”
Hussein al-Qaedi, the Yazidi Director of the Office for Kidnapped Affairs, is calling for permission from the central government to conduct DNA testing inside the detainment facilities where foreign ISIS fighters and their families are held.

Hussein al-Qaedi, the Yazidi Director of the Office for Kidnapped Affairs, is calling for permission from the central government to conduct DNA testing inside the detainment facilities where foreign ISIS fighters and their families are held. (Fox News/Hollie McKay)

The tight-knit Yazidi faith, which prohibits interfaith marriage and conversion into the religion, is also grappling with integrating babies conceived-out-of-rape to ISIS fathers. Community leaders have called for the infants to be embraced, but the notion is a strange and unsettling one for the ethnicity who have long lived reserved lives dotted across quiet farmlands.

It’s unclear exactly how many babies have been born from the tragedy, but official estimates hover between 100-200. While Yazidi’s religious authorities have announced that they will subvert their ancient traditions and accept the babies as Yazidis, the matter is further complicated by Baghdad’s law that children must take the paternal religion.

It’s a decree many hope will be formally changed.

As it stands now, most Yazidis live in tattered tents in displacement camps, and in ravished and abandoned dwellings across the Nineveh Plains. Funds are fast falling, and the despair is searing.

“Infrastructure is disintegrating. Public washrooms need to be renovated. There is an ongoing lack of electricity and water in the camp and in local areas. Some Yazidis are still struggling for food,” Lisa Miara, Founder of Springs of Hope Foundation Inc., lamented. “Some women suffer from a kind of Stockholm Syndrome and (want to) return to their captors. There are still women being held as ISIS wives.”

Speckhard also noted that the trauma for some Yazidi women runs so deep that they are known to “re-enact their rape,” which she referred to as “pseudo-seizures.”

“The young girl woke up out of it tearful and disorientated,” Speckhard said of one case. “Her sisters say it is the reason they avoid talking about ISIS and their rape experiences, to avoid triggering one of these seizures and that it happens multiple times a day to their sister.”

Shatha and her family are among the tens of thousands left languishing in a displacement camp on the outskirts of the Kurdish city of Duhok. They have little in the way of help when it comes to gluing together what is left of their lives, but she said her camp – called Rwanga – at least has prefabricated caravans.

Many other camps are stuffed with tethered tents from 2014, and she wants to see that small but pivotal improvement.

“Yazidis need not only boxes of food; we need a guarantee that we can survive. We can’t spend our whole lives in camps. We want to go home. But we cannot go home without security,” Shatha underscored. “There is still a lot of armed conflict and illegal groups there. If we can feel safe, we can start rebuilding our areas.”

Safety, for now, feels something of an illusion. The black flags of ISIS still wave in the shadows.

“Insurgent-style attacks by ISIS still happen regularly, with some of those attacks targeted specifically at Yazidis. The Yazidi community knows these realities,” said Ian Bradbury, CEO of 1st NAEF, a non-profit focused on humanitarian aid and assisting victims of all gender-based violence. “After 5 years, there is little hope of a return to any semblance of their former lives living off the mountain and the valley lands around Sinjar.”

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Sep 30, 2019 12:28 am

The Yazidi Community
Face Another Genocide


Urgent measures 'to secure a safe future' for the Yazidi community in Iraq are proposed in a new policy document, '10 steps to ensure Justice, Reparations,Recovery and Return for the Yazidis', published by Yazda, a global organisation to support the Yazidi and other ethno-religious minorities after the ISIS genocide of 2014.

Among the 10 recommendations in the Report are:

    Formal recognition by the UN and Iraqi government of the systematic and premeditated attempt by ISIS to destroy the Yazidis as a group.

    Immediate action from Kurdish and Iraqi authorities and the international community to support and house over 300,000 internally displaced Yazidis still living in informal camps, many on mountainsides.

    Speedy resolution of talks between the central Iraqi and Kurdistan Regional Governments to address administration and security in the Sinjar region, in coordination with the Yazidi community, to tackle the continued threats from ISIS.

    Full recognition of women as a part of Iraqi national reconciliation, including removal of gender based laws permitting only male members of a family to access many rights and benefits.

    Reform of laws requiring any child with a missing father to be automatically registered as a Muslim.
The report warns that ongoing attempts and attacks by ISIS to re-infiltrate and cause serious harm, continued delays in re-establishing local government structures and multiple security players in the region mean the future of the Yazidi community remains under critical threat of further genocide.

It adds that no meaningful actions have been taken place to resolve political and security issues in Sinjar, which prevents Yazidis from safely return to their homeland. To date, less than 25% of the Sinjar population have returned home, the remaining 300,000 continue to suffer under extreme conditions in internally displaced persons camps inside Iraq. Nearly 2,700 Yazidis, mostly women and children, remain missing or in captivity.

    “This situation is unstable and risky, which will have disastrous effect if not addressed with wisdom and decisiveness” Genocide survivor, Hala Safil, said in reference to Yazda’s policy paper published today. Ms. Safil urged immediate action to ensure safety of her community after a long history of persecution.
Yazda calls on the Iraqi government to put the needs of people first in the aftermath of the Yazidi genocide. The continued neglect and lack of response by the Iraqi government has caused inexcusable delay in rebuilding destroyed areas and establishing safety and basic economy for a sustainable return.

    Immediate action is needed to prevent a future genocide”, Yazda Executive Director, Murad Ismael, says.
These recommendations come as an outcome of the Commemoration Conference held in Baghdad on August 1, 2019 on the 5th Anniversary of the Yazidi Genocide, attended by over 200 government and diplomatic corps dignitaries, religious and community leaders, activists from civil society organizations, Yazidi survivors and supporters of the Yazidi cause.

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The world's largest Yezidi temple was opened Sunday in Armenia, where the ethnoreligious group are the largest minority, in a ceremony attended by the deputy prime minister and other Yerevan officials

Located in Aknalich, 35 kilometers west of the capital city of Yerevan, Quba Mere Diwane consists of seven domes surrounding a central, arched roof, and houses a prayer hall, a seminary, and a museum.

First deputy Prime Minister of Armenia Ararat Mirzoyan used the occasion to draw comparisons between the tragic recent histories of Yezidis and Armenians.

“Unfortunately, in their modern history, Yezidis like Armenians have also fallen victim to genocide," Mirzoyan said in a Sunday statement.

"It is symbolic and logical that the largest Yezidi temple in the world is in Armenia. Armenia is home to the Yezidi people. The children of the Yezidi people have been alongside their Armenian brothers for many fatal and heroic moments,” he added.

Quba Mere Diwane was built just a few meters away from Ziarat, Armenia’s first Yezidi temple established in 2012. Funded by Armenian-born, Russia-based Yezidi businessman Mirza Sloian, the new, 25 meter-tall temple towers over its humble predecessor.

Yezidi communities traditionally resided in the Kurdish-majority areas of modern day northern Iraq and eastern Turkey. A sizeable Yezidi community was established in what is now Armenia in the 1820s, formed by those who fled the Ottoman Empire's persecution of non-Muslim minority groups. Armenia’s last census, held in 2011, put the number of Yezidis in the country at over 35,000, making the ethnoreligious group Armenia's largest minority.

Persecution and the pursuit of refuge have continued to haunt Yezidis, most recently at the hands of Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria.

Considered heretics by ISIS because of their faith, the community was subjected to particular violence by the militant group. Men were abducted and killed en masse, while women were trafficked and forced into sexual slavery. Thousands of Yezidis remain missing.

Of Iraq’s once 500,000-strong Yezidi community, some 100,000 have fled the country entirely – with a small number of them seeking refuge in Armenia - while 360,000 remain internally displaced.

Yezidi genocide in Iraq was recognized by Armenia’s parliament in January 2018.

Yezidi figures and advocacy groups have said temples like Quba Mere Diwane and the holy site of Lalish, which is currently undergoing restoration, act as sites of permanence amidst waves of displacement and help protect the group’s distinct cultural and religious practices from destruction.

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The Yazidi community in Sinjar district, northwestern Iraq, is grappling with a severe and debilitating mental health crisis, including a high number of suicides and suicide attempts, says Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International

Between April and August 2019, 24 patients who were brought to the emergency room of Sinuni’s hospital had attempted suicide – six of whom died before arrival at the hospital or could not be saved.

Of the 24, 46 per cent were below the age of 18. The youngest, a 13-year-old girl who had hung herself, was dead on arrival at the emergency room. Fifty-four per cent were women or girls, four of whom died of self-immolation.

Others had attempted suicide by self-injury to their wrists, drinking poison, overdosing on medication or with firearms.

In the small town of Sinuni, which became the centre of gravity for the long-persecuted Iraqi Yazidi minority that remained in the area, MSF started offering mental health consultations in December 2018. Since then, 286 people have been enrolled in the programme and 200 of them are still under treatment today.

The most common diagnosis is depression (40%), followed by conversion disorderConversion disorder is a mental condition where a patient experiences blindness, paralysis, or other nervous system symptoms that cannot be explained by medical evaluations. (18%) and anxiety (17%). Some psychiatric and personality disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (3%), have also been diagnosed.

Even though MSF mental health services in the area were scaled up in recent months, they are now overwhelmed and have a waiting list.

Ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, MSF calls for an increase in both international and national investment in mental healthcare, not only in Sinjar district but across an Iraq still reeling from years of brutal wars and economic instability.

“Our first mental health survey in 201852 people participated to this survey conducted in September 2018. in Sinuni revealed that 100% of the families we spoke with had at least one member who suffered either moderately or severely from mental illness,” said Dr Marc Forget, MSF’s head of mission in Iraq.

The magnitude The magnitude of the needs was confirmed by authoritiesof the needs was confirmed by authorities

“When we met with the medical director of the hospital in Sinjar, the heavily destructed town on the other side of the Sinjar mountain, he told us that everyone needs mental health support in the district, including him. It matched what we realised soon into the beginning of our activities: that we were dealing with a major mental health crisis, and also that there was something specific to it, directly linked with the collective trauma Yazidis endured recently,.” said Dr Forget.

In August 2014, the Islamic State group attacked the Yazidi religious minority living in the region. What followed has been the scene of a tragedy: a sustained campaign of killings, rape, abductions and enslavement, followed by a mass migration, mainly to camps in the adjacent Kurdish region.

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The UN has acknowledged IS’s atrocities in Sinjar region as genocide. Although the Sinjar area was retaken from the IS group more than four years ago, the return of those who fled the area has been slow. Still today many Yazidi families prefer to stay in Iraqi Kurdistan rather than return to their homes.

This is not only because many home and villages lay decimated, are littered with landmines and lack basic services like water or electricity but also because of the trauma many Yazidi now associate with their ancestral homelands.

“Everyone here has lost at least one family member or friend and all over Sinjar region there is overwhelming sense of hopelessness and loss,” says Dr Kate Goulding, who works in MSF’s emergency room in Sinuni.

“It is universal to be sad when your husband dies, when your child is sick, when you break up with your partner or when you are forced to be away from your family. But the extent of loss in this community is incomprehensible and compounded by the trauma of extreme violence, humiliation, mass displacement, poverty and neglect. As everyone will tell you here, the genocide perpetrated by IS wasn’t the first genocide the Yazidi have survived, it was the seventy-fourth.”

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Dr Goulding supported MSF’s Yazidi staff in caring for psychiatric patients for two months this year when MSF was unable to find a psychiatrist in Iraq.

This is indicative of a larger issue in the country, where there is inadequate number of trained psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health counsellors to meet the immense mental health needs surfacing after years of brutal violence.

“Despite the urgency of the situation in Sinjar, we are unable to find qualified psychiatrists and psychologists in Iraq to work with us. So as MSF we are forced to bring in international staff for support, which is not ideal, and also not sustainable in the long term” says Dr Forget.

“The Iraqi mental health system definitely needs more money and more medication, but the biggest need is for more qualified staff, and for them to be assigned to areas of greater shortages, especially in rural and conflict affected areas of this country.”

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An MSF team began supporting the Sinuni General Hospital with emergency and maternity services in December 2018 and quickly realised that mental health was a huge unmet need in the area. Since then, the team has increased the mental healthcare activities to cover psychiatric and psychological healthcare s in Sinuni hospital as well as group sessions and mobile mental health clinics for the displaced on Sinjar mountain.

Beyond the mental health clinic, since the beginning of 2019, MSF staff have conducted 9,770 consultations in the emergency room, 6,390 for further treatment in the inpatient wards and assisted 475 women in bringing their babies safely into the world.

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:20 pm

Has anyone but me given any thought to the Yazidis?

Sinjar is extremely close to the, soon to be fought over, border area

    Who is going to protect the Yazidis?
Will Turkey's bombardment land on Yazidi land?

Will ISIS turn once again against the Yazidis?

If Kurds are under attack they will not be able to fight Turks as well as keeping ISIS under control

    Who is going to protect the Yazidis?
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She could be your daughter: 15 years old, long hair down to her waist, wearing jeans and sneakers, video chatting with her best friend.

Dilveen and Dalal haven’t seen each other in five years and are excitedly planning for their upcoming reunion.

It’s such a typical teenage scene that you forget, for a moment, the horrors they have survived. Two best friends, separated by thousands of kilometres; Dilveen lives in Canada and Dalal in Northern Iraq, but united in their agony. Both survived a genocide.

It was August 4, 2014, in a systematic wave of terror, the Islamic State group carried out a well-orchestrated campaign to exterminate the Yazidis, a religious minority that populates Northern Iraq. Jihadi fighters swept through village after village slaughtering Yazidis. In just a matter of days, 10,000 Yazidis were killed.

The young women and girls were mostly spared, but for a fate almost worse than death. Seven thousand were rounded up to be sold as sex slaves amongst the ISIS militants. Dilveen, who was 10 at the time and Dalal, 13, were no exception.

A Canadian human rights organization, One Free World International, has spent the last five years rescuing Yazidis from ISIS slavery and helping those who have been granted asylum adjust to life in Canada.

“The girls [were] divided into three categories: very beautiful, medium beauty and not much beauty. Virgin and unvirgin. The price of the Yazidi girls was from two to four thousand American dollars,” Rev. Majed el Shafie said while describing the ISIS slave markets.

“[They] were forced to put make up on, wear sexy clothes and walk in front of ISIS fighters like a fashion show.”

In that market, Dilveen and Dalal clung together and made a promise never to leave each other.

“I was so scared because my mom [was] not with me or my dad. Just me and Dalal and a lot of Yazidi girls,” said Dilveen. “I told them, I cannot leave Dalal. Kill me, but I cannot leave Dalal. They told me, ‘If you don’t leave, we will kill you both.’”

Dalal was sold to one ISIS fighter and Dilveen was sold to a man old enough to be her grandfather. What they endured is a nightmare within a nightmare.

Dilveen managed to escape after three months and came with her family to Canada in 2016. Dalal was enslaved for four excruciating years.

In August 2019, Dilveen returned to Iraq for an emotional homecoming on the five-year anniversary of the ISIS genocide of the Yazidi people.

At a remote camp for internally displaced people, Dilveen and Dalal were at last reunited.

After a long tearful embrace, she told W5, “She’s my best friend. She looks like my sister. I love her so much. We want to be together always.”

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Germany charges Iraqi
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An Iraqi man faces a charge of genocide in Germany, accused of chaining up a Yazidi girl and letting the 5-year-old die of thirst. He and his wife, a German national, are believed to be part of the "Islamic State" group

Greek authorities extradited an Iraqi man to Germany where he now faces charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and human trafficking, German prosecutors said on Friday.

German officials identified the suspected "Islamic State" (ISIS) militant as Taha A.-J., in accordance with the country's privacy laws.

Prosecutors say the suspect joined the militia in 2013. A year later, German national Jennifer W. traveled to the region to join ISIS and subsequently married Taha. In 2015, with the jihadist group controlling swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq, the couple bought a 5-year-old Yazidi girl and her mother at a slave market.

Death by dehydration

According to German authorities, the man forced the two Yazidis to convert to Islam and regularly perform prayers. He is also accused of beating both the mother and the child. At one point, the girl fell ill and soiled the bed. As punishment, the ISIS militant allegedly chained her outdoors, where she slowly died of thirst in the heat of 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit).

The killing was part of the ISIS group's wider effort to exterminate Yazidis, German prosecutors said on Friday as they explained the charge of genocide.

The man was arrested in Greece in May and delivered to Germany this week.

One trial for husband, another for wife

The suspect's wife, 28-year-old German Jennifer W., is already in a separate trial in her native country. In addition to joining the ISIS ranks, prosecutors believe she was part of the group's "morality police," ensuring that other women at the occupied territories comply with rules of clothing and behavior set by the extremist militia.

"For intimidation, the accused carried a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a pistol, and an explosives vest," prosecutors said in a statement last year.

The woman was arrested months after the Yazidi child's death after trying to get new identity papers at the German embassy in Ankara. She was initially allowed to return to Germany. However, German police arrested her in June 2018 while she was trying to make her way back to ISIS-controlled territory.

German prosecutors accuse her of doing nothing to save the girl who was killed by her husband. She is charged with killing by negligence. Jennifer W. is also the first German woman to be prosecuted for ISIS membership. If convicted, she could face a life sentence.

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Amal Clooney tells 60 Minutes
ISIS must go on trial for genocide


Amal Clooney has called on ISIS to see the inside of a courtroom once and for all during an interview with last year's Nobel Peace Prize winner to be aired on 60 Minutes this Sunday

The British-Lebanese human rights lawyer compared the world's reaction to crimes against Yazidis to that of 'after the atrocities of Nazi Germany' as she sat down with Scott Pelley for the report with Nadia Murad - who escaped ISIS after being raped and beaten.

Fresh from her appearance addressing high-level officials from 20 countries at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month, Clooney reiterated why the terrorist group must go on trial.

'This was the same dilemma that the world had after the atrocities of Nazi Germany,' Clooney said.

British-Lebanese Amal Clooney said in her 60 Minutes about ISIS genocide: 'This was the same dilemma that the world had after the atrocities of Nazi Germany'

Similarly to thousands of other Yazidi women, Murad was brutally raped and between by ISIS’ terrorist soldiers before she managed to escape to Germany where she now lives. She became the first woman from Iraq to win the Nobel Peace Prize for her activism in speaking out against abuse and sexual violence

'It's the US under President Truman, under President Roosevelt that said "no we have to have trials because there must be a judicial record of the atrocities committed by the Nazis",' Clooney continued in the CBS network interview.

'Because today you do have people denying that there were gas chambers and what do you have to point to? You can go back and say there are 4,000 documents that were submitted in the Nuremberg trials and the Yazadis deserve nothing less than that.'

Murad appeared on the 60 Minutes 2014 season Premiere after she was found by Associate Producer Rachael Morehouse a few weeks before, living among Yazidi refugees who had escaped ISIS.

Thousands of Yazidi men were massacred and more than 3,000 women and girls as young as nine were enslaved. She only agreed to speak to Pelley with her face covered out of fear of retribution against her family members she believed were still held by ISIS but had in fact been killed.

In Sunday's interview Clooney explained: 'You had mass graves that weren't secured and Yazidis knew their relatives were buried and nobody was exhuming them.

'I noticed witnesses were more and more reluctant to speak out as time went by. There's only so much you can do as a small team of lawyers and we said this is the responsibility of the UN. And it's the responsibility of the most powerful body within the UN, which is the Security Council.'

Clooney on Tuesday addressed a panel discussion at the UN about press freedom around the world

Five years ago, Morehouse held her hand as she spoke about the genocide of her people and the women who were taken and sold into sexual slavery.

She then asked the UN to hold ISIS accountable

In the new interview she speaks with her face uncovered.

'At the beginning, rape was a big shame for me and for others to speak about,' she told Pelley. 'Because it would have remained as a shame on you, on your family and on your people. The biggest incentive that made me talk was those left behind including my mother and sisters. I knew what was happening to those in the captivity of ISIS.'

Murad joined an activist group in Germany, it took her to the UN, where she became a Human Rights Ambassador and then wrote a book and now the UN recognizes the genocide that happened to the Yazidis, but Clooney is helping with the steps required to secure a trial.

'I saw it as a test of the international system. It was so egregious because it involved ISIS and involved a clear case of genocide. It involved sexual slavery at a scale that we haven't seen in modern times,' says Clooney. 'I thought if the UN can't act in this case then what does the international rule of law even mean?'

In the new program, 60 Minutes goes back to Sinjar with Murad days after she received the Nobel and where she put a replica of the medal next to the mass grave that contained her mother's remains.

'I wonder if [mother] knows that I have talked to the world about her silent death, the killing of her six sons and her two nieces,' Murad says in the program. 'I often feel that what I have been doing is because of her. I wish that she would know about it she may be happy because the world now knows what ISIS has done.'

Nobel Peace Prize winning human rights activist Nadia Murad shared her harrowing story of escape from the clutches of ISIS with Donald Trump in the White House, but things quickly took an awkward turn when the seemingly confused – or disinterested - president asked her where her family was, despite having just been told twice that they’d been murdered by the Islamic State

Yazidi woman from Iraq tells Trump that ISIS killed her family

President Trump was seemingly unaware of her effort to stop the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, judging by their July meeting in the White House.

Murad was awkwardly forced to explain to President Trump why she had been internationally recognized as things quickly took an awkward turn when the president asked her where her family was - despite having just been told twice that they'd been murdered by the Islamic State.

During her moving monologue, Murad stood beside a seated Trump urging him to help her Yazidi community return home to Iraq by intervening in the conflict between Iraqi and Kurdish forces fighting over the land left behind in ISIS' collapse.

'Now there's no ISIS, but we cannot go back [home] because the Kurdish government and the Iraqi government, they are fighting each other [over] who will control my area,' Murad told the president. 'They killed my mom, my six brothers.'
Plight of the Yazidi under ISIS

The Yazidis are a religious sect whose beliefs combine elements of several ancient Middle Eastern religions.

The group's beliefs were seen as heretical by the twisted butchers of the Islamic State.

ISIS overran the Yazidi faith's heartland of Sinjar in northern Iraq in 2014.

Men and older women were massacred, while younger women and girls were forced into sex slavery or 'married' to ISIS fighters.

Thousands of Yazidi women were raped and tortured by their captors.

The attacks by ISIS on the Yazidis were condemned as genocide by the United Nations.

As ISIS's grip on Iraq was lost earlier this year, the jihadis decapitated dozens of Yazidi women and dumped the heads in dustbins, according to British SAS troops who entered recaptured territory.

Cutting her off mid-sentence, Trump interjects, asking, 'Where are they now?'

Taken aback by the question, Murad blinks and pauses for a moment, before clarifying, 'They killed them. They are in the mass graves in Sinjar and I'm fighting just to live. Please do something.'

Trump, who has boasted of crushing the self-styled caliphate of the Islamic State group that once stretched across Iraq and Syria, appeared at a loss when Murad asked him to press the Iraqi and Kurdish governments to create safe conditions for the Yazidis to return.

'But ISIS is gone and now it's Kurdish and who?' Trump asked, before later telling her, 'I know the area you're talking about very well.'

Trump told her he was going to look into the Kurdish and Iraqi conflict 'very strongly', before questioning her on her Nobel Prize win.

'So they gave you the Nobel Prize? That's incredible,' He told her. 'They gave it to you for what reason?'

A bemused Murad responds, 'For what reason? After all that has happened to me, I didn't give up. I make it clear to everyone that ISIS raped thousands of Yazidi women.'

The teaser for Murad and Clooney's 60 Minutes appearance came a day after George Clooney said he was appalled that Trump partly justified the decision to withdraw US troops from Syria by stating Kurds 'didn't help us with Normandy' during the Second World War.

The politically active Hollywood actor, director and producer told a business seminar in Finland's capital that he found Mr Trump's words from a day earlier 'a pretty shocking statement'.

Clooney accused Washington of leaving the allies of US forces in Syria to deal alone with Turkey's military offensive.

'I'm horrified at the idea we would say that after having Kurds fight our battle for us — because we don't want to send troops there — and then say, 'OK, you're on your own',' he said.

Clooney was interviewed at the Nordic Business Forum in Helsinki in front of some 7,000-strong audience of mostly business and corporate leaders.

He is known to voice opinions on global political matters and has been engaged in humanitarian causes together with his wife Amal Clooney.

The teaser for Murad and Clooney's 60 Minutes appearance came a day after George Clooney said he was appalled that Trump partly justified the decision to withdraw US troops from Syria by stating Kurds 'didn't help us with Normandy' during the Second World War

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Mon Oct 14, 2019 11:39 pm

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organisation helping Yazidi children


Eine Schule für Binnengeflüchtete im Nord-Irak
(A school for internal refugees in northern Iraq)

Der gemeinnützige Verein HAND FÜR HAND e.V. wandelt im Nord-Irak eine Ruine in eine Dorfschule für geflüchtete Kinder um.

Ziel ist es, den von der Terrorherrschaft des sog. Islamischen Staates (IS) geflüchteten und zum Großteil traumatisierten Kindern während ihrer Exilzeit eine überschaubare kleine Nische von Sicherheit und Geborgenheit zu schaffen und ihnen darin Schulunterricht zu ermöglichen.

Das kurdische Wort “Helin” bedeutet Nest, und so soll die Schule heißen.

Wieder Perspektiven eröffnen

Wenn die Kinder lesen, schreiben und rechnen lernen, wachsen ihre Chancen, später im Irak Arbeit zu finden und sich vor Ort eine eigene Existenz aufzubauen. Wir wollen die äußeren Möglichkeiten dazu schaffen. Wir wollen Lebensbedingungen verbessern und dabei helfen, dass entwurzelte Menschen in ihrem eigenen Land wieder eine Perspektive sehen können und nicht an Migration denken müssen.

Schulbildung und selbstbestimmtes Leben

Im ersten Schritt werden 100 Kinder eingeschult, die seit ihrer Flucht vor fünf Jahren vor sich hinvegetieren. Sie sollen mit Freude neuen Lebensinhalt finden und eine Grundschulbildung erhalten. Zusätzlich werden durch begleitende Projekte die Frauen des Ortes darin unterstützt, ein selbstbestimmtes Leben zu führen.

Bereits heute haben vier Menschen durch die Schule einen Job. Mit ihrem Einkommen sichern sie die Existenz ihrer Familien und haben selbst auch wieder eine Perspektive im Leben. Im Blick nach vorne hat die Schule die Chance, sich zu einem kulturellen Mittelpunkt im Dorf zu entwickeln, aus dem vieles Weitere entstehen kann.

In kurzer Zeit wurde vieles erreicht

In der Gründungszeit wurden die formalen Voraussetzungen in Deutschland und im Irak erfüllt, um das Projekt zu realisieren. Gleichzeitig wurde der richtige Ort identifiziert, es wurde eine Bauruine angemietet, wiederhergestellt und mit einheimischen Handwerkern zum Schulgebäude ausgebaut. Ein erstklassiger Koordinator und zwei Lehrer sind eingestellt, wichtige Netzwerke in Regierung, Zivilgesellschaft und Dorfbevölkerung sind geknüpft. Erste – sehr inspirierende – Erfahrungen mit den Kindern wurden im Rahmen von Projektarbeiten gemacht.

Parallel fand in Deutschland eine Spendenaktion statt, um die notwendige Grundausstattung der Schule zusammenzutragen. Diese wird mit großzügiger Hilfe des Logistikunternehmens DHL ebenfalls kostenlos in den Irak transportiert. Wir sind beeindruckt von den vielen Sachspenden. Gespendet wurden Schulmöbel, Tafeln, Regale, Sportgeräte, Fahrräder, Nähmaschinen und auch wichtiges Material wie Papier, Stifte, Farben oder Schul-Startersets, sowie ein im Dorf dringend benötigter Rollstuhl.

Kinder und Dorfbevölkerung werden eingebunden

Bereits im Sommer haben sich die ersten 44 Kinder angemeldet. Die Sehnsucht nach Schulunterricht ist überwältigend. Die Begeisterung der Kinder für die neue Schule berührt jeden Besucher. Allein schon deshalb mussten wir bei jedem Besuch der Baustelle eine provisorische Unterrichtsstunde mit einbauen. Noch war es Unterricht spielen, bevor es jetzt wirklich losgeht.

Mit den Kindern und auch der erwachsenen Dorfbevölkerung, dem Dorfvorsteher und den Dorfältesten haben wir im Gebäude regelmäßig Treffen organisiert, um vorab deren Wünsche und Erwartungen zu erfahren. Diese werden in das inhaltliche Konzept mit eingewoben.

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The School for Internal Refugees
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