Psychological treatment of the victims of the Islamic state organization is a constant challenge for the female Yezidi doctor

13/3/2019 19:49:00

The military battle against Islamic state organization may be nearing an end, but the battle faced by female doctor Nagham Hassan continues, because the psychological wounds left by the brutality of the extremist elements of the organization to its victims have made caused holes in their lives and their souls.


Nagham Hassan, 41 said that, "Sadness is still here among the Yazidi female survivors who have been displaced, killed and raped, wherever they go, they can never forget what they have suffered."


Hassan was forced to flee with her family from the town of Ba'asheqa near Mosul to the province of Duhok in the northern Iraqi Kurdistan region after the Islamic state's invasion of large areas in Iraq and Syria, including Sinjar district where the majority of the Yazidis live.


Although more than four years have passed since the invasion and the defeat of the organization in more than a year in Iraq, the underlying wounds, especially those left behind by selling yazidis in and making them sex slaves, as well as the kidnapping and rape of thousands of them, have not been healed.


Sometimes she has to answer her phone during the night, or even receive patients in her apartment with her parents, sisters and brothers, after the family's home was destroyed during the fighting against the jihadists.


I dedicated my life 


"My family, social life and my work are all affected by what happened," said the doctor.


"My little sister is also studying medicine but I have advised her not to follow my example in this work. "


At first, Nagham made regular visits to IDP camps or to families, but soon decided to stop her activities, which focus on women's illnesses, to seek psychological treatment. She can no longer stop her efforts now that her phone number, which does not stop ringing, has become accessible to everyone.


Every time the doctor gets in touch, she drowns in listening and thinking about the wounds left by the jihadists, those tragedies that the United Nations has described as a "potential genocide." Every day, a family calls for the rescue of a sister, wife or girl, among them wounded or traumatized to the point of suicide.


"The factor that instilled confidence between me and them is that we are from the same community (...) This has played a big role frankly( ...) helped me win the trust of survivors and break the barrier of fear." the doctor continued.


Behind that barrier, horror stories, lived by a thousand Yezidis who have been getting help from Nagham so far.


Among them, a young girl was raped by jihadists 22 times, and was only eight years old when ubducted by the organization's fighters.


You have the most powerful weapon


Among them is Nadia Murad, who recently won the Nobel Peace Prize, after she survived being a sex slave of the Islamic State Organization in Iraq.


Murad, 25, received treatment from Dr. Nagham Hassan before starting with British-Lebanese lawyer Amal Clooney in the battle to defend the rights of the Yezidi community.


Murad wrote on the front page of a book about her autobiography she gave to the doctor, a phrase she says, "Every one of us is fought ISIS as hard as we could, but you had the most powerful weapon: our treatment" 


Murad joined her family in Germany. Many Yezidis left Iraq. Other women, however, live in "new trauma" because of their presence in IDP camps. Here is poverty, overcrowding, cold winter and heat suffocation in summer, all of which stand in the way of restoring force and normal life.


In the "Kiberto" camp, which Dr. Nagham Hassan regularly visits, she is dressed in a dark green medical jacket on daily rounds, she draw smiles on the faces of anyone who sees her.


Among residents of the camp, there is Laila who was abducted by jihadists with her 12-year-old daughter (then). She is 15 years old today, her mother says "She was unable to speak and she was crying all the time."


But after getting help from Hassan, the girl managed to wipe her tears and return to school with joy, her mother says.


"I did not expect the subject to last, and that I will be working in this area for years," she says.






PUKmedia / AFP arabic
















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