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WRAP Letter to the Globe and Mail (unpublished)
Re: “For a Yazidi refugee in Canada, the trauma of ISIS triggers rare, terrifying seizures,” by Christina Frangou, The Globe and Mail, December 1, 2018

To the Editor,

We are the group who initiated the petition that Jenny Kwan, MP, tabled in Parliament on October 29, 2018. The Women Refugees Advocacy Project (WRAP), created the petition out of concern that Yazidi women and girls, survivors of enslavement and torture by ISIS, and refugees to Canada, were not receiving effective trauma care following their enslavement and torture by ISIS.

In our understanding, Yazidi women and girls are suffering, not from a psychiatric disorder, but from a natural response to harrowing trauma. The professionals interviewed by Ms. Frangou, having been unable to sufficiently help, could yet reach out for guidance and training to those who have developed more successful means of working with survivors of torture. Specifically, Dr. Jan Kizilhan leads the world-famous program in Germany for female Yazidi survivors of torture.

The federal government interviewed Dr. Kizilhan, then ignored his advice. The results are made clear in Ms. Frangou’s article.

Along with Yazidi family reunification, there is much left for the federal government, with adequate funding, to do to help these courageous survivors. Meanwhile, we await parliament’s response to our petition asking for exactly this.

Sincerely,
Dr. Leora Kuttner, Christine McDowell for Women Refugees Advocacy Project
Peggy Thompson, Leslie Timmins, Barbara Shuman, Barbara Etches, Moira Simpson, Liz Walker

Media
Why not let the women and children in the Tijuana camp resettle in Canada?
Lloyd Axworthy, The Globe and Mail, Dec 12, 2018
Advocates urge more support for Yazidi refugees suffering seizures from PTSD, CBC News, Dec 7, 2018
Feds to temporarily extend one-year period for Yazidi refugees to reunite with family members in Iraq, The Globe and Mail, Dec 5, 2018
Yazidi refugees in Canada suffering PTSD-related seizures need their families: doctor, CBC Radio, Dec 4, 2018
Ottawa urged to reunite Yazidi refugees with their families to help treat rare disorder, The Globe and Mail, Dec 2, 2018
For a Yazidi refugee in Canada, the trauma of ISIS triggers rare, terrifying seizures, The Globe and Mail, Dec 1, 2018
MP Jenny Kwan’s address on Yazidi family reunification to the Citizenship and Immigration Committee, Canadian Parliament, Nov 28, 2018
Trauma survivors can change society says psychologist helping Yazidi survivors of ISIS, The Current, CBC Radio, Nov 5, 2018
Yazidi Women Comment on the Need for Trauma Care Programs
Canadian Parliament Press Gallery, 32 min, Oct 29, 2018
MP Jenny Kwan tables Yazidi trauma care petition in Parliament, 1 min video, filmed off TV, Oct 29, 2018
Une réfugiée yézidie réclame l’aide d’Ottawa, La Presse, 29 octobre 2018
Yazidi refugee woman urges government for help navigating new world, CBC, Oct 29, 2018
Yazidi refugee woman urges Canadian government to help navigate new world, The Star, Oct 29, 2018
Yazidi refugee woman urges government for help navigating new world, National Post, Oct 29, 2018
A Nobel Peace Prize winner who works to help women is donating her $500,000 winnings to victims of sex crimes, Business Insider, Oct 11, 2018
Nadia Murad, a Yazidi woman who was captured by ISIS, just won the Nobel Peace Prize, Vox, Oct 5, 2018
Traumatized Yazidi women face nightmarish healing process. Here’s what Canadians can do to help, National Observer, Oct 5, 2018
Save more Yazidi women fleeing ISIS sex slavery, refugee advocates plead to government, CBC Radio Early Edition, Sept 27, 2018
Take in more Yazidi women fleeing ISIS, refugee advocates urge Ottawa, CBC News, Sept 27, 2018
Broken People, Broken Promises: How Canada Is Failing the Yazidi, The Tyee, Sept 20, 2018
Trauma and perceived social rejection among Yazidi women and girls who survived enslavement and genocide, NCBI Research, Sept 13, 2018
We can help the Yazidis return home safely, Sally Armstrong, The Globe and Mail, July 3, 2018

WRAP Press Releases
Now is the time to keep our promise to the survivors of ISIS, Oct 25, 2018
Le temps est venu de tenir vos promesses envers les survivantes de l’EI, 25 Oct, 2018
Nadia Murad receives Nobel Peace Prize for drawing attention to the torture of Yazidi women and girls in war, Oct 5, 2018
The Canadian government must keep its promise to Yazidi survivors, Sept 27, 2018
Media Advisory for Sept 27th Ceremony & Press Conference, Sept 24, 2018
Majed El Shafie in Vancouver Sept 26th-30th, Sept 17, 2018
Vancouver women support Yazidi women and girls in Canada, Sept 5, 2018

Petition
The Canadian government must keep its promise to female victims of ISIS

Twitter Women Refugees Advocacy Project

Contact wrapforjustice@gmail.com

One Free World International The Freedom Project

Road to Recovery:
Resettlement Issues of Yazidi women and children in Canada

House of Commons Report, MP Jenny Kwan was Vice-Chair of the committee.

Resources
1. Canada will take in 1,200 primarily Yazidi refugees, by Terry Pedwell, Macleans. ‘“As many 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.
2. Canada Struggles as It Opens Its Arms to Victims of ISIS, by Catherine Porter, New York Times, March 16, 2018.
3. ‘Please Take Us Back To Iraq’: A Yazidi Family’s Traumatic First Days In Canada, by Naomi Buck, Chatelaine, December 8, 2017.
4.  Freed from ISIS, Yazidi Women Remain Trapped by Trauma by Alexandra Bradford, News Deeply, March 14, 2017
5. The Yazidis are in danger of extinction and Ottawa’s stopped helping, by Barbara Kay, National Post, June 19, 2018.

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