(Photo by Reuters, "ISIS kill us because of our religion")
For over a year,
member of The BC Working Group for Yazidi Women and Girls. United by a common concern for fair and equal treatment for women and girls around the world we have been urging the Canadian government to bring Yazidi survivors of enslavement and rape to Canada, and to provide them with safe housing and a program of trauma recovery.
Will you join us to demand the Canadian government keep its promise?
Please have a look at our website and take a moment to sign the petition to demand the Canadian government keep its promise and provide expert-guided trauma recovery care for female Yazidi refugees to Canada.
As part of a genocidal campaign against the Yazidi religious minority in Northern Iraq, ISIS fighters captured an estimated 6,800 Yazidi women and young girls to systematically enslave, serial and gang rape and, in many cases, murder.
In response to these atrocities, our Minister of Immigration and Refugees, Ahmed Hussen, promised to bring Yazidi survivors to Canada and provide them with trauma recovery care. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that the Yazidi would receive “the support they need” in Canada.
But recent investigative reports, including one in The New York Times, tell a different story.
Testimony from refugees and community and health service workers in Canadian cities, describes how the Yazidi women are suffering severe post-traumatic stress symptoms, including daily re-living of rape trauma, without any therapeutic program of support.
It doesn’t have to be like this.
A parliamentary committee met with world-renowned psychologist, Dr. Jan Kizilhan, to learn about a specialized trauma recovery program he created for 1,100 Yazidi women and children refugees in Germany that is proving to be effective.
Will you share this petition so brutality does not triumph and its victims are not abandoned?
Thank you for your consideration. We hope you will stand with us on this important issue.
for the Women Refugees Advocacy Project
formerly BC Working Group for Yazidi Women and Girls
“UN human rights panel concludes ISIL is committing genocide against Yazidis,” June 16, 2016
Backgrounder, Helping vulnerable Yazidi women and children and other survivors of Daesh
From: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 2017-02-21
“Canada will take in 1,200 primarily Yazidi refugees,” Terry Pedwell, Macleans.ca
, Feb 21, 2017: “As many [Yazidi] have experienced unimaginable trauma, both physical and emotional, many will have unique psychological and social needs such as trauma counselling,” Minister of Immigration and Refugees, Hussen said.
“We’re taking steps to make sure Yazidi & other survivors of Daesh have the support they need when they get here.” #WelcomeToCanada Justin Trudeau [Twitter] 4:11 PM - 21 Feb 2017
Canada Struggles as It Opens Its Arms to Victims of ISIS, by Catherine Porter, March 16, 2018, The New York Times
‘Please Take Us Back to Iraq’: A Yazidi Family’s Traumatic First Days In Canada, by Naomi Buck Dec 8, 2017, Chatelaine
“A Yazidi family’s traumatic first days in Canada: A refugee family from Iraq says they couldn’t have coped with the shock of their new lives without the support of a dedicated group of volunteers—raising questions about Canada’s ability to help”, by Naomi Buck, Dec 16, 2017, Macleans.ca
Presentation by Dr. Jan Kizilhan, Head, Department of Mental Health and Addiction, Cooperative State University and Dean of the Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychotraumatology, University of Dohuk, as an individual, to the Citizenship and Immigration Committee [parliament of Canada], November 17, 2016
Treating Yazidi rape survivors: A psychologist has brought more than 1,000 victims of Islamic State sexual violence to Europe to get medical and psychological treatment, by Rebecca A. Clay, September 2016, Vol 47, No. 8