A displaced Ezidi girl took her own life at IDP camp in Duhok

February 4, 2019 at 9:25 pm

Ayshan Ali Salih, 20, ended her own life in a Duhok IDP camp

KirkukNow- Duhok

An Ezidi girl committed suicide after a quarrel with her family in one of the IDP camps set up in Kurdistan Region’s Duhok province; meanwhile, IDP camp management officials warn of an increase in suicide cases.

 The incident took place at around 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, when 20-year-old Ayshan Ali Salih shot herself with a firearm due to a family quarrel.

Suicide cases have increased in IDP camps

Salim Saeed, head of the humanitarian board’s media department of Duhok governorate told (KirkukNow), “The girl shot herself, our teams which observe conditions at IDP camps are collecting information which might be helpful to determine the motive behind the incident.”

“There have been a family issue, but we don’t want to reveal more”, he added.

According to the Duhok humanitarian board’s statistics, only in 2018, as many as 15 Ezidi girls and women sheltered in IDP camps have ended their own life. “Suicide cases have increased in IDP camps, it is an issue than needs to be urgently dealt with”, said Salim Saeed.

Basim Qasim, one of Ayshan family’s neighbors said, “We were shocked by the incident. They had a family problem which ended by Ayshan committing suicide.”

17 IDP camps have been set up for Ezidi displaced families in Duhok province, many of them are reluctant to return to their hometowns due to security concerns and the lack of essential services.


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