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ISHR back in Iraq

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ISHR back in Iraq

Khalil Al-Rasho, the ISHR’s Iraq co-ordinator, and Katrin Bornmüller of ISHR Wittlich, were again 12 days in refugee camps in Kurdistan in Iraq. They had interviews with IS-Daesh victims; young girls, who were released after 5 years in IS prison during the bombardment by the Americans and the YPG in Baghoz Syria. Some of the things they heard in the course of the interviews, shocked them to the bones. Some of them then came out of the notorious IS women’s camp AL Hol in Syria, where murder and manslaughter were the order of the day. Brainwashed children screamed at the victims: “We will kill all of you unbelievers”. The victims, who were found together with battle-hardened Yezidis in Burka, were reunited with their relatives via a Yezidi community or brought to Yezidis in Shingal via the PKK. The search for the relatives of the victims was also aided by the social media, especially facebook.

The Refugee Camp at Bardarash, Iraq © ISHR

The Refugee Camp at Bardarash, Iraq © ISHR

Words are notoriously inadequate, to capture the depths of the torments, which these 8–10 year old girls suffered during their time in the captivity of of IS Daesh fighters and their IS women, which all began, when they were captured on 3.8.2014. Rape of the most brutal kind was used as a weapon against these girls and women, because they were considered enemies and infidels. They were continuously beaten, since IS/ Daesh ideology stipulates that: if one does not strike the woman, one is not a man!

The visit to the newly opened camp, housing the refugees from Mosul BARDARASH was a shock to them. Within a few days about 14,000 Kurdish refugees, who fled from Erdogan’s bombardments from Syria arrived there. A 12-year-old boy had just set himself on fire with fuel oil. Some interviews showed the desperation of the people, who fled with almost nothing. The ISHR Wittlich financed new seminars, four alpha-betization courses in camps and villages with IS victims, one birth control and English sewing and first aid course. In January, the 17th transport of the ISHR Wittlich and the 50th of the ISHR in total would be sent to the refugee camps, and at the end of January they would be flying back there for distribution.

Katrin Bornmüller and Kahlil Al Rasho (the two on the right) paid a visit to the Catholic Bishop of Al Qosh © ISHR

Katrin Bornmüller and Kahlil Al Rasho (the two on the right) paid a visit to the Catholic Bishop of Al Qosh © ISHR

We request donations from well-meaning individuals and organizations, who would want to help us in this regard. Our Bank Account is:

IGFM Wittlich IBAN DE 24 5875 1230 0000 0060 0051 54.

We would request donors to please provide their addresses, so that we can send receipts acknowledging their donations, for tax purposes.

Katrin Bornmüller, ISHR Wittlich

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