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|موضوع: Refugee camp doctor shares stories of horror- and hope among those who fled ISIS That su الخميس 06 أغسطس 2015, 19:49|| |
Refugee camp doctor shares stories of horror- and hope among those who fled ISIS
That suffering includes girls who have not even reached their teenage years yet returning from captivity, pregnant with the children of their ISIS abusers
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LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online): Dr. Ghafouri says he treated a 14-year-old girl who ran for her life after ISIS shot her eight months-pregnant mother in the stomach. Her father put his hands over her eyes as the jihadis opened fire and killed her mother. So traumatized by the sight, she went temporarily blind.
Dr. Ghafouri also revealed how she treated a young man with a gunshot wound in the back and the shoulder. He told the doctor that his entire village was wiped out after they refused to convert to Islam.
The 23-year-old refugee told her that 53 Yazidi men were forced to lie on the ground where they were then shot dead. He managed to escape and had to walk across desert for a week until he reached Dr Ghafouri for treatment. .
"Theirs are just two horrific stories the doctor has been told since she started working at the Bajed Kandala Camp 2 in Dohuk, northern Iraq a year ago," according to the Daily Mail.
The doctor decided not to fly home to her native Sweden last August and chose to stay to help the refugees instead.
Nothing prepared her for what happened next. "We got to the border, and we realized how big the catastrophe was," she said. "It was a disaster in many ways. Even the local authorities didn't grasp it."
Born in Iraq in the 1970's, she later claimed asylum in Sweden. In her current position, the faces of the children who have witnessed such extreme suffering first hand are the hardest things she has had to endure. More than half the refugee camp is younger than 15 years of age. Numerous babies are born each week.
"When you are on the ground, it is very emotional," she says. "As a doctor, I am very neutral. However, when it comes to the plight of children, it is hard. I have seen so much suffering, it is beyond imagination."
That suffering includes girls who have not "even reached their teenage years yet returning from captivity, pregnant with the children of their ISIS abusers," according to the Daily Mail.
The Yazidi ethnic minority, have resisted attempts to educate their children in more western ways. However, the Yazidi girls could read and write who were able to find their families again. The Yazidi have begun to change their original ideas on education.
The Yazidis have approached Dr. Ghafouri to ask for her help in building not one, but two schools for their children.
"Until now, the parents have been against education on religious grounds," she explained. "But now they see its value."