Black Forest sanctuary set up for Daesh-abused Yazidi women

By AFP – Dec 09,2018 -JORDAN TIMES

Lewiza, a 22-year-old Yazidi woman and Kurdish-German psychologist and head of the clinic Jan Ilhan Kizilhan pose during an interview with AFP journalists at the MediClin clinic for transcultural psychosomatic in Donaueschingen, southern Germany, on November 28 (AFP photo)

DONAUESCHINGEN, Germany — After surviving torment and rape at the hands of her Daesh captors, Nadia Murad rebuilt her life at a trauma centre in Germany’s Black Forest which became her sanctuary.

It was here alongside hundreds of other Yazidi victims of Daesh abuse and terror that Murad found her voice and started the journey that saw her honoured with this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

Thousands of kilometres from their war-battered homes in northern Iraq’s Sinjar region, 1,100 women and children of the Kurdish-speaking minority were resettled here.

The psychologically scarred women are escaped Daesh captives who were chosen for an emergency asylum programme set up in 2014 by the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg.

The women, many of whom were sold as Daesh slaves, have since received trauma counselling for rape, a taboo subject in the Middle East, under the guidance of Kurdish-German psychologist Jan Ilhan Kizilhan.

“At the beginning here it was very difficult,” said one of them, Lewiza, speaking in a monotone voice about her culture shock when she arrived three years ago.


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