Support for Yezidis IDP’s – children and ill patients in Kurdistan

Update posted by Monica McWhirter On Dec 10, 2019

They have 8 family members. 6 siblings and 2 parents. The father is extremely ill, as his kidneys shut down. They borrowed money from everyone to be able to buy a new kidney and for him to have his operation. They owe approximately, $27,711.88 as a result of the procedure and medical costs. The father now unable to work is unable to make the money to pay back costs. One of their sons dropped out of school and is the soul provider to their family, bringing in less then $5.00 per day. The father requires "a oxygen machine" which is hooked up to electricity. Since electricity costs approximately between $30.00 and $60.00 per month for this family when public electricity is not in service, they are unable to afford the cost. His cost for medication is around $30 per month which is often also not affordable. At times, some local community members will attempt to help them, when they themselves are able and this is not always a possibility.

The father was a sheep farmer, his family lived off of the land. They expressed gratitude for all that they had and were warm and inviting, when I arrived to complete the interview. They need help and some of the money raised will be going directly to this family and others like them.

Due to fear of the repercussions of having their names and images released, it was agreed that it would not be shared. Many families are in situations like this and we can help.

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Update posted by Monica McWhirter On Dec 10, 2019

This couple lived in their district without leaving it for the majority of their lives. They were Sheppard's and had many sheep. When he was young, he had served in the military. I was told they always had yogurt and food from their gardens. She watched me write all of my note, with open curiosity and kindness towards me.

On the day that Isis came, they escaped and stayed 20 days in a neighbouring town. They walked to the mountains and were without food or water for 5 days. Then, they came to one of 17 of Dohuks IDP camps. and now they are living alone since their daughters are marred .One of their daughters and her husband are a different IDP camp.

This couple are experiencing health issues beyond what is available through Primary care and are requiring medical procedures which they can not afford to pay, as neither are able to work. They have no one to help them in the camp and with womans health conditions (heart) she is unable to do basic things such as handwashing the clothes as there is no washer and dryer. The husband is in pain. They were without a heater in their home and have no access to kerosene.

Some of the money raised will go towards their health costs and provide them with the ability to heat their home.

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Update posted by Monica McWhirter On Dec 10, 2019

On August 3rd, 2014 there were 6 member of her family, her husband was a teacher. Everything changed on that day and they were all taken into captivity.

After living in Isil captivity for 3 years, she escaped. She came to one of Dohuks 17 IDP camps, alone and without any support except for 1 male cousin. One of her children, her 10 year old son joined her after escaping 7 months ago, the rest are presumed dead.

Her son, who no longer speaks the language of his district, is unable to go to school. Due to not speaking his native language he is unable to attend the school at the camp. He was not accepted into Arabic school because he was absent from the school system for 4 years. He would really like to be able to attend.

The woman, is not able to work. It is important to recognize that many people, especially woman coming from this generation were not able to attend school to have a stepping stone into a job or career. Finances are tight and they are without Kerosene, family members to support them and their day to day life is a struggle. When asked what they wanted for their future, they said that it was impossible to even think of that. Everyday they live through what has happened and as a woman she has limited ability to support herself (men will arrange for many things here and are also the ones who can).

Due to their history with trauma and concern of the repercussions of having their names and images posted, it was agreed that no images would be included.

Yet they are still in desperate need of support.

Some of the portions of the money raised will be going directly to this family, to help them reintergrate back into their community and others like them.

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I'm sorry, I wish I could do more, but unfortunaly I dont have enough money to donate more. Unfortunaly nobody cares about this campaign. I'm very sad and I have to say "sorry" to the Yazidi people.

Susanne Hallermeier

Backed with $30.00 On Dec 27, 2019

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Backed with $20.00 On Dec 25, 2019

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Emily Wirta

Backed with $40.00 On Dec 12, 2019

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