Displaced Yezidi families in Newroz Camp for refugees in northeastern Syrian city of Derik. Photo: ARA News
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Cologne, Germany – Rozin Khalil, a 17-year-old Yezidi girl, appealed to the UK government through an e-campaign to fulfill its promises in providing protection to victims of sexual violence at the hands of extremists of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS).
Rozin explained in her online campaign at change.org that promises of the British government came in the 2014 World Summit to end sexual violence in conflict zones.
“More than 3,000 Yazidi women and girls have been kidnapped by ISIS in Northern Iraq. They have been raped and tortured by their captors,” she said. “Last week three girls, who managed to escape, visited London and told their stories. Now that we have heard the stories of what is happening to these girls, we must help them.”
She said that it’s time for the UK government to fulfill its promises and provide those victims with the necessary assistance.
“There is a lot that the UK Government can do, that’s why I have started this petition,” Rozin said.
She pointed out that survivors are in need for medical assistance, psychological support and rehabilitation.
“Many girls have managed to escape but they are scattered in refugee camps and getting little help. They are scared and traumatised, some are pregnant. They need medical help, psychological support and rehabilitation.”
The Yezidi activist also demanded a meeting with British officials in order to prepare an action plan for supporting the Yezidi girls “who have suffered the most under the abuses of IS terrorists”.
Rozin’s campaign received support from thousands of Western activists. The number of signatories to her online petition exceeded the 15 thousand people so far.
Reporting by: Ali Isso
Source: ARA News