317 Christian and Yazidi girls freed
The Sister Hatune Foundation has a record of 317 Christian and Yazidi girls freed from the hands of Islamic State during the last 18 months. Furthermore the Foundation has been involved in 280 additional releases, together with partners.
Facts is still the most convincing mechanism in the written language. However in the Foundation’s business, facts presented in public sometimes can be can be dangerous! Revealing details about critical operations in an early stage could jeopardize the entire process so you understand we have to be careful.
Sister Hatune’s words!
“Many of these girls, especially the Yazidi women, have no family to return to. We are the only family they got left”, says Hatune Dogan. “It is hard for them to stay in Iraq. In many cases their family has been terminated by ISIS. If that’s not the cause the existing honor codex prevent these young girls from living there. Many people consider a girl who lost her virginity as impure.”
Meet some of the girls we help in this little film made in Germany, August 2015. Listen to their dreams about the future.
Help from the German government
The German government is in some way very helpful supporting these poor women and children. 200 women and girls are already on safe ground in Germany. The Governor (Prime Minister) of the state, Baden-Württemberg already last year established a 30 million €uro program with the purpose to help 1000 to 1600 girls during a period of two years. Other German states such as Hessen and Niedersachsen have recently promised to help a number of women coming from this area.
The German government pays for the flight tickets from usually Erbil, Iraq, and for language education and the housing in Germany, which demands special accommodation with an extra security, medical and psychiatric staff. But there are many hurdles before the victims can step down on German soil!
Middlemen and contacts
The Hatune Foundation works with its own crew on the ground in Iraq and Syria. We organize logistic and gather finformation. Then we help the families or the community economically, so they can help their women and children to get back to life. After that the hard paperwork.
!We do not pay ransome to any groups in the area!
Most of these women have lost their identity papers during their captivity or escape. Those who still have papers unfortunately are easy targets for fraudulent people working around the clock in the refugee camps and around. Here original identity papers has a high value!
Not only the German authorities have strong requirements when it comes to ensuring the identity of those who are allowed to travel to Germany. The many rumors and examples of disguised jihadist’s do not make it easier. To get a person on board a flight to Germany we have to know all data about the person. And we have to get it confirmed and registered in more places. That costs money too.
…and there is no legal way to get through the camel’s eye into Europe without proven papers.
Helping people while they are waiting
The Hatune Foundation is taking care of people living inside as well as outside the camps waiting to get out of there. Through our contacts we find accommodation for those who has no place to go, and we help them paying their rent. We also deliver food and provide medical treatment within our possibilities.
We have decided to start a campaign with the purpose to buy and equip an ambulance in the area with the most necessary gear and medicines. We have staff there who are able to provide medical aid.
“The need is desperate”, Hatune explains “Two weeks ago I had to treat a pregnant girl on the floor in a leaky tent.”
After getting out
After all this, when it hopefully ends up with the papers approved, we stand ready to help the victimized girls to travel to Germany where we help them in the process of getting back to life. In Warburg, Germany, close to our head office we have room for 50 girls, accommodation and treatment.
We need funding for the whole process!
Please make a contribution here.
The Hatune Foundation in the Middle East is also present in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey with the aim to help refugees who are undertreated in the camps by an overworked UNHCR crew.