From Iraq’s Mont Sinjar to jap France: The cost of exile for Yazidi girls

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Right through 2019, dozens of Yazidi girls and their kids arrived in France in small teams to begin a brand new existence in protection. Of their house nation of Iraq or Syria, the Yazidis have been the prey of the Islamic State team and suffered massacres, kidnappings, rapes and sexual slavery. How to conquer such trauma? How you can get started once more abroad with an unfamiliar tradition and language? AXADLE adopted the primary steps in France of those girls and kids who’ve been to hell and again.

At some stage in 2019, some 500 Yazidis, constructed from round 100 girls and their kids, have been welcomed in France as a part of a different programme arrange through the Élysée presidential palace. Due to the activism of Nadia Murad, a former intercourse slave of the Islamic State (IS) team and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, those girls and kids have been put in in all 4 corners of France in a bid to lend a hand them rebuild their lives.

>> Watch our interview with Nadia Murad: ‘Those criminals should be delivered to justice’

For 8 months, our journalists adopted a number of of those girls – Soma, Gulan and Mina – as they started rebuilding their lives in jap France. At the beginning from Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, they have got survived the horrors of the IS team and are widowed after dropping their husbands. A few of them have additionally deceased their fathers or brothers in horrendous instances, whilst a few of their kinfolk are nonetheless intercourse slaves of the Islamists in Iraq or Syria. On occasion they have got no information from those family members.

>> Watch our Revisited display: Iraq’s Yazidis nonetheless haunted through Sinjar massacres

Like the opposite Yazidi survivors, Soma, Gulan and Mina are illiterate and are available from rural households. Now put in within the east of France, they’re supported through a workforce from the NGO Habitat et Humanisme (Habitat and Humanism) who lend a hand them with administrative procedures and with questions in regards to the new tradition they’re finding.

For safety causes, we weren’t in a position to movie those girls’s faces or their kids. We’ve additionally modified their names.

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