The German Christian and Yazidi women project.
The government in the regional state of Baden-Württemberg started early during the war in Syria and Iraq a project for the benefice of rescued women, that were previously sex slaves of the Islamic State (IS).
The government represented by Dr. Blume, contracted Prof. Kizilhan, who has a PHD in Orientalism and Psychology as well, as leader of the project.
Dr. Kizilhan is an expert in transcultural trauma therapy and has written some books about this. This form of therapy considers the different cultural expressions in language and body language. If a girl, for example, said, “the IS commander married me”, it means, that he raped her. “Marriage” is the substitute due the special honour code in this region.
Dr. Kizilhan was 12 times in Iraq to examine girls and women in regards to possible treatment. He has up to now examined 1400 individuals, all former captives of IS, to evaluate their requirement for medical and/or psychological diseases due to captivity, abuse and other causes.
For the time being about 700 women are in Germany, aged 8 to 60 years. The project leaves room for up to 1100 individuals.
The women are spread in small groups in 30 cities in Baden Württemberg. Every girl has a local therapist. There is a variation in the length of the treatment from 1 to 3 years. The younger the patients are, the better they cope with their experiences. Dr. Kizilhan’s approach is a behavioral therapy with narrative elements.
Germany is outstanding in offering this type of relief to former refugees from Syria and Iraq. No other country facilitates this kind of help.
“There is a lack of money for local programs with the aim to educate more therapists in Iraq and Syria,” Dr. Kizilhan says. He wants to raise awareness about the fact, that no other nation has offered to take this women in, like Germany has done.
Hatunes approach is different and very important in the entire process
Travelling to the Middle East more than 10 times during the last 24 months, she has been in the forefront helping hundreds of these women after they were freed with spiritual help, talk therapy, comforting and solacing them, listening to their horrible stories, advising them in their social concerns, encouraging and guiding them, providing them practical help. As interpreter she has been immeasurable.
Hatune has used all available recourses of the Foundation during this time to provide cash, food, necessities for the women and their families. Money has been paid to provide a safe accommodation for girls right after their rescue, money has even been provided as loan to families, that could not pay the ransom to buy their women back from IS.
In the process from being freed to getting the girls to Germany, there is a lot of work with registration and finding family members. Sister Hatune and the local NGO’s she works with, have done a huge work in this matter for the girls, that are not yet moved to the safe and peaceful German environment as described above.
Many of the women have met Sister Hatune in Germany, and there they call her early in the day and late at night, to talk about their problems with the practical life and their sorrows about missing their family – those still in the Middle East, and those who were lost during the genocide, and those who are assumed alive but still missing. Many of the girls call Hatune Mama.
Some of the young women are coming now to Warburg, to live there. First a few. Two young men from the war zone are also there. When things move forward, we will have space for up to 70 of them during the year 2016.
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