Being Refugee Women
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After the militia of the Islamic State has attacked the Sinjar mountain in order to expand their caliphate, an exodus of about 1 milion people has begun. The minority refugees are currently under the protection of the Kurdish militias. Different minority communities, including Christians, Yazidis and Shabak have sought refuge in the streets, under bridges or in abandoned places in the city. A brutal form of barbarism is a regular part of the chronicles of war. Many women have suffered losses in their family that are often fathers and husbands, who are also often the only economic certainty in the family. States of mind such as depression and anxiety in addition to the constant insecurity become part of a continuous spiral. The libel of life of minorities persecuted by the Islamic army are readable on the faces of refugees. A sectarian war fought by a State, the Iraqi, who has not yet found its own identity makes it even more difficult to believe in an optimal resolution of the problem.

Duhok. Minorities have tried to reach places of safety both in northern Iraq and in Turkey. About 120 thousand people, managed to escape with the help The People’s Protection Units Commonly known as the YPG, is the national army of Syrian Kurdistan. After dealing the odyssey of the mountains who failed to reach the refugee camps has found accommodation along the city streets, under bridges and in any building apparently empty. The aid by the International community has been slow while the actions of the volunteers, in places where the refugees are located, are continuous. Only in Duhok are estimated between 200 and 300 thousand people fled.

Diyarbakir. The minority Yazidi fleeing across the border in Iraq after militants of the Islamic State have occupied their lands, killed men and kidnapped women. The city of Diyarbakir has made available on a temporary school to assist the exodus of the Yazidi have helped with the distribution of food and health care. Currently people who could not afford a hotel were transferred to refugee camps in southern Turkey.

Lalish. In the plain of Nineveh, near the city of Mosul in northern Iraq is the temple Lalish, place of worship for Yazidis. After taking Bashiqua and other nearby villages, many have sought refuge at the temple. Some non-governmental organizations in accordance with the religious community have provided relief to people who came with food and hospitality at the property. The sacred place is guarded by peshmerga who control the entire district Sherkan. The refugees are waiting for more assistance from the international community and hope to soon return to their homes.

Rovia/Bardarash. At about thirty kilometers east of Mosul, 70 from the capital of Kurdistan, Erbil, lies the city of Bardarash. Here, after the fast expansion of the militants of the Islamic State arrived refugees Shabak, mostly fled from the town of Bartella, 12 km from Mosul, now in the hands of jihadists of the SI.
The municipality of Bardarash has made available schools. The conditions in which they live need a help from the international community.
In the city of Rovia, inside a mosquehave found shelter another large number of displaced persons. Hygienic conditions make the standard of living inside the mosque very difficult especially for older people and children. Inside the Shabak community, a Muslim, living both Shia and Sunni.