– Female former ISIS captives responding positively to treatment in Baden-Wurttemberg
– Genocide investigation by International Criminal Court sought
Nadia Murad BaseeTaha, a 22 year old Yazidi escapee from ISIS captivity and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will meet Mr Winfried Kretschmann, Prime Minister of Baden-Wurttemberg in Stuttgart on Thursday 28 July 2016 to thank the people of Baden-Wurttemberg for their help to female former ISIS captives and will call on other counties to help too.
Ms Murad, who spoke at the United Nations Security Councilin December 2015, is working with international human rights lawyer Ms Amal Clooney to persuade the International Criminal Court to open a genocide investigation regarding ISIS crimes. She will be accompanied by Mr Ahmed Khudida Burjus, Deputy Executive Director of Yazda, the international Yazidi NGO that works to support the rights of the Yazidi people.
“I want to thank the people of Baden-Wurttemberg for bringing 1100 Yazidi women and girls including their family members here for treatment under Baden-Wurttemberg’s Special Quota Programme after their horrific ordeal as ISIS sex slaves” said Ms Murad. “Also on behalf of all Yazidis I want to thank Mr Kretschmann and his ministers for providing the political leadership to set up this Programme. He was the first political leader in the world to help these women. I was one of the women to benefit from this Programme after the hell of ISIS captivity in Iraq.
“The compassionate and practical help given in Baden-Wurttemberg by the personnel headed by Dr Michael Blume and Dr Jan Kizilhan is helping to rebuild shattered lives. Many former captives are making tremendous progress. Our small community is eternally grateful to Baden-Wurttemberg and to Niedersachsen, which is also helping.
“Baden-Wurttemberg has done more than its fair share and provides a wonderful example to other countries. I spoke about the Special Quota Programme to members of the Canadian, British, French and European parliaments and at the United Nations Security Council when I asked other countries help.
“Approximately 1,700 traumatised Yazidi former captives who suffered sexual violence at the hands of ISIS now live in very poor circumstances in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The necessary medical and psychological support services are not available in Kurdistan or
elsewhere in Iraq. Unfortunately there are many cases of suicide and attempted suicide among these former captives. If some of the 3,200 Yazidi women and children still in captivity manage to escape or are liberated they will also need treatment.
“As we approach the second anniversary of the start of the genocidal attack by ISIS on the Yazidi community in Iraq on 3 August 2014 I call on other countries to take some of the former captives still in Iraq for treatment like Baden-Wurttemberg has done.
“Finally I would like express my sympathies to the victims and their families of the evil and senseless attacks in Munich, Wurzburg and Ansbach” concluded Ms Murad.
Contact: Ahmed KhudidaBurjus Deputy Executive Director, Yazda
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