Until recently, millions of women, men, and children in Iraq lived under a reign of tyranny imposed by the so-called Islamic State, the terrorist group also known as ISIS. Those who opposed its inhuman ideology of hate faced torture and public execution. Women and girls were abducted and raped; children were enslaved and forced to join the terrorists' assault.
In addition, Iraq witnessed the obliteration of its ancient spiritual and cultural heritage. Holy sites and temples were reduced to ashes. Members of religious minorities were threatened with extinction. Three million Muslims, Yazidis, Christians, and Shabak were forced to flee their homes.
Half of them found refuge in the Kurdish provinces of the country. They live in overcrowded camps or makeshift shelters and struggle to make ends meet. Many suffer from physical and mental trauma and are haunted by the images of what they were forced to see.
The team of the Jiyan Foundation works hard to provide physical and psychological care for survivors of ISIS atrocities. At our rehabilitation centers, 100 medical doctors, psychologists and trauma therapists offer treatment and a place to heal. Women and girls who have escaped from ISIS captivity and sexual enslavement find a new perspective in Iraq's first and only psychosomatic trauma clinic for women. Our mobile teams reach out to survivors in refugee camps, where medical aid is limited, and psychological trauma care almost non-existent.
Besides physical and psychological care, the Jiyan Foundation provides much required emergency aid to individuals and families who lost everything. Our staff also helps prevent future extremism by strengthening local communities through education campaigns and civil society programs.
Helping others to heal takes time, patience, but most importantly, support. If you wish to stand with the survivors against terror and violence, please consider making a donation.
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