Iraq Is Facing a Massive Mental Health Crisis

My name is Nihad Barakat, I’m from the Sinjar [in Iraq]. We’ve been through some very bad times.” Barakat is a sixteen-year-old girl who was once held captive by ISIS. “They kidnapped us, they raped us, they killed the men, they took our babies from us,” she continued.

Barakat made these comments at a conference held on March 9, 2016 in London, organized by AMAR, an international organization that helps people rebuild their lives after conflict. AMAR’s representatives had met Barakat at a refugee camp in Iraq and invited her to share her story at their event.

Barakat’s entire family was abducted by ISIS, locally called Daesh, in August 2014, when the militant group took over the village in Sinjar where they and many other Yazidis lived.


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