In post-ISIS Iraq about two million people are internally displaced. The Sharya camp in Duhok alone harbours thousands of Yezidis who have fled the forces of ISIS. In total,
this camp accommodates 20000 people, at least 9000 of whom are children. Maggie team has offered help to Panaga for an innovative solution.
There is for instance 8-year old Rizgar, who came back from captivity speaking English fluently. He was kidnapped by ISIS and taken by an American ISIS family. When he returned, he appeared to have unlearned his mother tongue, because of the trauma he experienced.
Soleen too was affected by captivity. She is 10 years old and was among the top students in her class. Whilst being held captive for 2,5 years, she was mistreated by her adoptive parents, who she came to believe were her real parents.
Some of her family is still missing.
These children might be physically free but mentally they
still in captivity. Rizgar, Soleen and hundreds of kids just like them are waiting for proper psychological and educational attention. To give them any chance to be freed from the indoctrinated ideology, they need trauma care.
Panaga NGO, Maggie Program and DMOA architects have combined forces in creating opportunities for these children in need