Oct 18, 2019 Last Updated 12:45 PM, Sep 30, 2019

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.

Supporting Local Communities

The Jiyan Foundation follows a different approach. In November 2015, we opened the first inpatient treatment facility for traumatized women in Kurdistan-Iraq. Our patients and their children receive treatment in an environment they are familiar with, in their own language, and within reach of their families and communities. This project is funded by Misereor and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Jiyan Clinic: A Psychosomatic Trauma Clinic for Women

In a small town in the northeast of the country, the women and girls are taken care of in a safe place over a period of several months. The holistic program is entirely free of charge. Our all-female local team includes physicians, psychologists, psychotherapists, and pedagogues. They offer

  • medical and gynecological treatment
  • psychological counseling and trauma therapy
  • group and creative therapies
  • physiotherapy
  • a daily structure and community life
  • child care
  • vocational trainings

The Jiyan Clinic not only admits women of the Yazidi faith but also others who have experienced severe domestic or sexualized violence and need professional help. We aim to stabilize our patients and to prepare them for a self-determined life after their stay at the clinic. To this end, we integrate families and partners into the therapeutic process. Vocational opportunities help the survivors build realistic future prospects.

If you wish to support our aid program for traumatized women in Iraq, please consider making a donation.

Further Information

Read more about our program for women and girls here. To learn more about our work and ways to help, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Interview with Laila Ahmed

Interview with Laila Ahmed, head of women’s clinic

Interview with Laila Ahmed, head of women’s clinic

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