Mobile Female Led Intervention Teams Provide Assistance to Yazidi IDPs in Northern Iraq who Escaped Islamic State Terror.
From September 2014 to December 2015, 4008 Yazidis were supported. 491 women and girls who escaped or were freed from ISIS received special medical and psychosocial care. 115 cases of girls who survived ISIS slavery were documented and introduced to local and international media in order to bring attention to these crimes and recognize them internationally.
The Islamic State (ISIS) takeover of Mosul and adjacent areas, including the Yazidi heartland of Sinjar, has led to a large number of internally displaced Yazidis moving into the Dohuk governorate of Iraqi Kurdistan, adding yet another dimension to a humanitarian disaster unparalleled in the modern history of Iraq.
More than 5,000 girls and women were captured by ISIS and, according to first hand reports, systematically raped and physically abused nearly to the point of death. The women and girls that return are in dire need of various types of assistance – the physical consequences of sexual abuse include unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other physical issues, not to mention the grave and far-reaching mental traumata inflicted upon these women. Conservative social norms in the affected community are occasionally complicating the situation.
While many organizations are offering aid in the way of food, medicine and accommodation, WADI’s mobile Dohuk teams, supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), are providing help of a different kind.
WADI’s Mobile Yazidi Teams
WADI has three mobile teams operating in the area, each consisting of two women. One of them is Yazidi which facilitates trust-building with the Yazidi community.The concept of the mobile teams is based on the idea of going to where the women are rather than taking them out of their living environment. WADI has more than 10 years of experience with this approach.