Intellectuals meet in a panel discussion about Islamism at Berlin´s International Literature Festival. The debate centered mainly around the issues Islamic State vs. Islam. One panelist argued, Islamic State had nothing to do with Islam, by its beliefs and actions. A very different view of the reality was provided by Professor Kizilhan, PhD in Orientalism and Phychology, with on the ground- experience in helping traumatized victims of the Islamic State.
Staggering report from the UN about the desperate situation of the Yazidis, about large numbers of abused Yazidis, brought upon by the brutality of ISIS, are in urgent need of psychological care. Though the report refers to the “ISIS doctrine”, it does not mention the root of the problem: Islam. In Germany, we can ease the life of some people in desperate need of aid, but our help is limited to the funds kindly donated to us.
The Yazidis´Central Council in Germany held a memorial service to commemorate the second anniversary of the genocide against their people in Mount Sinjar, perpetrated by the Islamic State. Reminding us that the genocide is not over yet, they underlined their demands and preconditions for what they see as a safe way to return to their homeland and a life in safety. Vanquishing IS tops the list of their priorities.
This week, Denmark got a new school. An Islamic high school. Not everyone is happy with that decision. Steffen Mortensen, member of the board at Hatune Foundation Sweden, wrote about the concern of the ongoing Islamisation of Europe – particularly Denmark in this case.
All Yazidi refugees tell the same horrific stories. Hasan, who escaped Sinjar after a year under IS rule, recalls how the radicals captured his cousin: “They told him, ‘you have to convert to Islam and after that, you also have to give us your daughter.’ She was nine years old, seven men raped her on one day.”
As always, the Hatune Foundation strives to help people in need, even in situations of upmost difficulty. This time, the aid came to Christian, Yazidis and Alevi refugees in the Middle East, an area of the world that has been immersed in turmoil for many years. Human trafficking is on the rampage and plays havoc with the feelings of many people, who aspire to a better life.
In August, we intend to start a brand-new Web-TV news channel: “New Times Today”, NTT. In the Foundation, we often meet a reality that does not fit into the picture communicated by the general media channels. Our angel will be: “The world, seen from a Christian view, with focus on persecution of minorities”.
Earlier this year, Sister Hatune Dogan and Hans Erling Jensen gathered with Dale Hurd from the biggest Christian TV station in the USA, Christian Broadcasting Network. In Stuttgart, Germany, Dale Hurd was given the opportunity to meet and interview some of our Yazidi friends – all refugees from Sinjar in Iraq.
A report by Sister Hatune of her latest trip to the Middle East. Compelling stories about the desperate situation, in which the refugees find themselves in North-Iraq; about the horrors experienced at the hands of the barbarians of the Islamic State. Once again, the Hatune Foundation is there to try to bring hope and help to those who desperately need it.