This weekend marked the third anniversary of the genocide against the Yezidis, and other minorities in Iraq. On August 3rd, 2014, ISIS terrorists overran the city of Sinjar and murdered, abducted and enslaved thousands women, men, boys and girls. SEED’s President, Sherri Kraham Talabany, attended a vigil in memorial for the victims of this genocide at the White House in Washington, D.C.
Conflict and the takeover of large areas of Iraq by ISIS have created a humanitarian emergency. Close to one million people have fled to Kurdistan in search of safety, and now reside in camps and host communities across the region. Many of those who have made it to Kurdistan witnessed the murder of family members, and have loved ones still in ISIS captivity. Trauma is therefore widespread among displaced men, women, boys and girls.
Our work with the displaced continues and is now more active then ever. SEED works with survivors of violence and conflict in the KRI to help them rebuild their lives. We take a comprehensive approach to recovery, integrating psychotherapy and case management services with a range of vocational, educational and recreational activities, to reduce symptoms of trauma, empower and protect survivors, and improve individual and family well-being.
SEED also works to improve the skills of local psychologists and other service providers through education, training and supervision programs to better equip them to help individuals and communities heal. Our work reflects international best practices and expertise, combined with local know-how and understanding.