Ezidi women survivors fight their way out of despair
In Photos: Three Ezidi girls run a bakery in a Duhok IDP camp

2019-02-05
Ammar Aziz- Duhok Sabriya, Khawla and Rayhan are three Ezidi survivors from the Ninewa’s predominantly Ezidi town of Shingal (Sinjar). After the Islamic State (IS) group controlled their hometown, they were forced to flee and sought refuge with their families in Sharya IDP camp located in the environs of Duhok. These girls refused to give in to despair and decided to work together and establish their own business inside the camp. Now they are together running a small bakery. Their work starts from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sabriya Darwish, 22, is from Tal Ozer village. She has 5 sisters and 3 brothers. The bakery is helping her meet her family’s needs. Khawla Khalat, 25, says, “No one in my family has a job; therefore I decided to undertake the responsibility of providing for my family.” Rayhan Badal, 23, says, “The money was not my goal; I got tired of life in this camp; therefore I chose to work to forget about my misery.” Their customers say they are quite satisfied and praise their wholeheartedness in their work.
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