Mar 24, 2017 Last Updated 3:20 PM, Mar 6, 2017

Art in Action: Art and the Jiyan Foundation

Art therapy seminar at Qushtepe refugee camp with Red Pencil International

At the Jiyan Foundation, we believe that art is a fundamental facet of life. Through art we can share our stories, explore our inner emotions, and express feelings that we cannot put into words. Similar to a therapeutic undertaking, the artistic process is one of self-expression and exploration. Combining art and therapy can allow trauma survivors a culturally sensitive way to process difficult experiences and help them to look towards the future. That is why the Jiyan Foundation works diligently to promote art and artistic endeavors in all aspects of our work.

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Refugees in Syria's Neighbouring Countries

Minister for Development Gerd Müller and journalist Ulrike Scheffer discussing support for Syria's neighbouring countries

On April 12, Tanja Gönner of the German Society for International Cooperation, Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Gerd Müller and Salah Ahmad of the Jiyan Foundation discussed the situation of refugees in the neighbouring countries of Syria. The event took place at the “Der Tagesspiegel”, a German newspaper.

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Support Survivors of ISIS Terror in Iraq

Support Survivors of ISIS Terror in Iraq

Millions of women, men, and children in Iraq live under a reign of tyranny imposed by the so-called Islamic State, the terrorist group also known as ISIS. Those who oppose its inhuman ideology of hate face torture and public execution. Women and girls are abducted and raped; children are enslaved and forced to join the terrorists' assault.

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First Trauma Clinic for Yazidi Women in Iraq

First Trauma Clinic for Yazidi Women in Iraq

The fate of the Yazidi women has dominated the headlines of the international media for months. The atrocities they have been subjected to and continue to suffer are hard to believe. Yazidi women and girls have been held captive, enslaved and systematically raped by fighters of the terror organization "Islamic State". Their ordeals have aroused great public interest, with the consequence that selected individuals are now being flown to Europe to receive treatment abroad.

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Winter Aid for Iraqi Refugees

Winter Aid for Iraqi Refugees

More than three million Iraqis were forced to flee their homes. More than one million of them found refuge in the safe Kurdish provinces of the country. Every fifth person in Kurdistan-Iraq is now a refugee. Most of them live in overcrowded camps and struggle to make a living. Winters in Iraq can be rough, especially in unheated tents, yet not every family can afford buying gasoline for the heaters or even shoes for their children.

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Syria: Five Years of Conflict

Four Years of Conflict

More than five years of civil war have left large parts of Syria in ruins and severely affected its civilian population. While some five million people have fled the country, another eight million have been displaced within Syria.

At the Jiyan Foundation, we support traumatized Syrian refugees in four camps in North Iraq through medical aid and psychological assistance. Every year, some 4000 Syrians receive help in our centers. About 90% of them are women and children.

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Has Anyone Here Been Raped by ISIS?

Has Anyone Been Raped by ISIS?

Women and girls who have escaped from captivity by ISIS are among the most vulnerable members of society. While reporting about their fate is important and often may seem the only news that gets attention, their rights to privacy and protection of dignity and personal integrity must always come first.

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Relief From the Unbearable Heat

Relief From the Unbearable Heat

On May 26, the Jiyan Foundation distributed water-powered air conditioners to the 3120 Yazidi families living in the Khanke camp near Duhok. Each family received one cooling device. With outside temperatures already approaching 40°C, the delivery of these air coolers was a welcome relief.

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10 Years of Trauma Treatment in Iraq

10 Years of Trauma Treatment in Iraq

On 25 May, the Jiyan Foundation celebrated a decade of trauma treatment and human rights work in Iraq at the Cultural and Social Center of the Salahaddin University in Erbil, Kurdistan.

Salah Ahmad, President of the Jiyan Foundation, welcomed the 200 guests and members of staff before a short documentary about the work of the organisation was shown.

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