Awaz is one of the many brave activists MADRE partners with in Iraq. As part of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), our local partner, she helps run the brand new shelter and rape crisis center we opened in Kurdistan for Yazidi girls fleeing ISIS sexual slavery. There, she’s a mentor and a friend to young girls whose lives have been devastated by ISIS. A trained social worker, she listens intently and gives counseling to help these girls heal.
It’s not easy work. The girls that she supports at the shelter have endured unimaginable trauma. Many have lost their confidence and their trust in others. It’s hard for them to even remember what a peaceful life looks like. Awaz has made it her mission to help girls like Asma rebuild their lives.
Thanks to your support, last year MADRE and OWFI opened a rape crisis center in Kurdistan to bring vital care and healing to women and girls.
Nearly one million civilians have already fled Mosul, and the many people who remained trapped in the war-torn city have faced the threat of starvation and terrible violence. OWFI is delivering food baskets in refugee camps just outside of Mosul
OWFI and activists are hard at work, negotiating with local authorities for permission to set up new shelters for women who remain at risk of deadly violence - even after they've managed to escape ISIS.