Surviving ISIS — an update from Northern Iraq, by Dr Sarah Ahmed

Iraq

Dear Friends,

There have been so many reports this past year about the terrible plight of the Yazidi sex slaves. While it was heartening to see the recent nomination of Nadia Murad Basee Tahan for the Nobel Peace Prize(Nadia was captured by ISIS and used as a sex slave), many Yazidi girls are still in captivity. Their situation has been made worse by the recent news that ISIS has banned the selling of sex slaves back to their families. For those who manage to escape, many face a harsh winter living in IDP camps.

For many Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Iraq, snow-covered tents will be their home this winter

With this in mind, FRRME has set up the Girls who Survived ISIS Empowerment Project. Our primary focus is to help care for girls who have escaped ISIS and are back with their families. We are providing them with much-needed medical care and winter clothes. Many of the girls we are helping are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The project is in its early stages but with your support we aim to help more girls over a longer period of time.

Distributing winter clothes to the most vulnerable in Erbil

As well as the Yazidi girls, we are also continuing our support for the large number of Christian families who have escaped ISIS. We recently delivered more than 400 mattresses to Christian families living in the Harsham Camp in Erbil. Most of the Christians there have fled Mosul and other cities now under ISIS control.

A young Iraqi woman takes delivery of her new mattress, provided by FRRME

Despite the harsh weather, our relief work in Northern Iraq continues. The people we are helping have nothing but with your support we are making a positive difference. I am truly thankful to all of those who continue to support FRRME each month. Without your support our work would not be possible.

— Dr Sarah Ahmed, FRRME’s Director of Operations in Iraq

Thank you and God bless,

Dr Sarah Ahmed

Director of Operations in Iraq

The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East

Originally published at FRME.

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