Female victims of ISIS suffer psychological damage

The Care Centre for Women in the Kurdish Iraqi city of Dohuk receives women every day who have been traumatised by ISIS militants. They have been abused, raped, beaten and sold, and bear the psychological scars of their experiences.

The interview follows the heartbreaking story of Zeina, who managed to escape from the group after a year under the brutal control of ISIS militants. “I wanted to escape at any price,” recounted Zeina. “I tried to commit suicide three times to avoid being touched by someone again”. The centre hosted more than 800 women last year to provide them with medical care and psychological therapy, but as more villages in and around Mosul are liberated, more women will need the centre’s help after their traumatic and lengthy experiences under ISIS.