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WRAP Letter to the Globe and Mail (unpublished)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
Yazidi woman doctor brings former ISIS captives’ souls back to life
by Charlie Dunmore and Dalal Mawad, UNHCR, January 16, 2019
Far from the crumbling caliphate but haunted by ISIS
Yazidi refugees in Canada live with profound and persistent trauma — and they fear for their families still in Iraq and Syria
Washington Post, April 10, 2019
I am a survivor of Islamic State violence. Don’t forget us.
by Nadia Murad, Washington Post, April 4, 2019
Interview with NY Times journalist Rukmini Callimachi
The Cut on Spotify, March 28, 2019
Starting 25 minutes in… She cried to hear their stories – Rukmini describes the enslavement of the Yazidi women and girls by ISIS as systematic, based on a theology of rape, a pre-planned enslavement of a specific people.
ISIS flag taken down, YPJ flag planted in Baghouz
ANF NEWS, March 22, 2019
Nadia Murad Calls For More Action To Help The Abducted Yazidi Women And Girls
by Ewelina U. Ochab, Forbes, March 16, 2019
Prioritizing ISIS over survivors?
by Nadia Murad, Trust, March 12, 2019
Winnipeg Yazidis call on government to act after bodies of beheaded women found in Syria
CBC, March 6, 2019
‘We are now free’: Yazidis fleeing Isis start over in female-only commune
The Guardian, Feb 25, 2019
Yazidi women who escaped ISIS now facing threats, harassment in Canada
CBC Radio, Feb 5, 2019
Today on The Current: We examine the legal and ethical conundrum of what to do about returning Canadian ISIS fighters
CBC Radio, Feb 7, 2019
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
The Brett Kavanaugh case shows we still blame women for the sins of men
Rebecca Solnit, The Guardian, Sept 21, 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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