Inside Iraq’s secret shelters for women – BBC News
Inside Iraq’s secret shelters for women – BBC News I’Ve been imprisoned by my family for three years as I reach the stage of suicide. Why are your shelters underground? Why are they secret? Some of the officials called on Rozzelles there’s an eerie sense of normality here in back., But this constantly on edge people here know that violence is always around the corner. In a country that is an approved Decades of conflict and for your acts, women violence comes in many forms, Lala Milena at 8. From for how my life is going to end up, these are not just words from sellers favorite book there, a testament of how far she’s come now that she’s able to read and a reminder of the abuse she left behind Honeywell tr21. My mother left me in the first house from a very young age I became they made the beat me constantly and when the relatives came to visit they would sexually harassed me and they would sexually abused me mercilessly. I just lay there and I couldn’t say anything what was going through your mind when, when you were subjected to all of this day in and day out, to be honest, I didn’t think about running away at first, I wanted to kill myself. You reach a point when you can’t take being treated like a manual anymore, one of nearly a thousand survivors saved by an AR Muhammad, the president of the organization of women’s freedom in your rock at charity, which runs 10 underground women’s shelters across the country. You are a feminist who is cooking in a country where the tribals and the religious extremists are ruling that you are working in a country where at least 100 women need Sheltering everyday. You are working in a country where not less than 1000 women are killed every year by Honor, killing or another ugly killing she’s just been contacted by a woman from the city of Musa. I’Ve been imprisoned by my family for three years and has been subject to daily to physical violence. As I reached the stage of suicide for millions of Rocky women, violence comes in many forms on Earth, killing sex trafficking, forced marriages, minor marriages, severely abused. The number of women who are requesting to be sheltered started to rise so fast that we are unable to control. Why are your shelters underground? Why are they secret? It’S a very dangerous task. The family was killed before letting get to their daughters through also government restrictions. They treat in our shelters with suspicion and refused to make them legal. Some of the officials called us brothels how dangerous they are to such a project of Sheltering. It took a lot of convincing for us to be allowed in one of these safe houses. The safety of the women we have to be cautious and make sure we’re not being followed. We can’t show you the neighborhood, the street or the house, but we’re hoping we can get inside and speak to some of the women they’re eight women living here now. Many of them are still in danger. This woman is the latest to join the shelter the night before from the southern city of nausea. One of the women shows us around the safe house. She says the help that she got here made her look at herself differently and make me feel different from other girls. Here we have racism in a rock being a black just as another near your problems as a woman, it means that people will make you feel inferior best. My skating honor killing 7 years ago. She still in hiding that hasn’t stopped her building a new life for herself and running the shelter Rent-A-Center Houma be out. Of course. I get scared we’re all in the same boat here, but that’s why I helped them because they’re going through what I’ve gone through. If my family finds me they’ll kill me, and that could also happen to men. The women here, I’m always worried about police rights, don’t contact the women’s families and in many cases these are the very people they’re running away from. There are currently 52 Woman’s secret shelters across the country, a small fraction of those in desperate need of help for the past 15 years. The organization for women’s freedom in Iran has helped almost a thousand victims, despite restrictions, and the lack of government-run safe houses. Song with no married with two young daughters hope is that they get the education and enjoy childhood. She never had. I feel like the old saddle has been raised now. There’S a new cell become strong and able to defend myself. I even go protests. I can’t be silenced anymore. As for you, nor she remains optimistic. When I see the hours has an army, young daughters who can change Iraq, I’m not only hope. I am so happy long and hard for their safety and freedom. It’S a fight. They have to face every single day: China, Honeywell BBC News Baghdad, In Iraq, where nearly half of the female population has been exposed to violence according to the UN, women activists have established a secret network of shelters for the survivors of honour killing and sex trafficking.
It’s a job that can get their safe houses attacked any day, as the government provides little protection for victims and most of the time they contact families that women are trying to escape.
Part of the 100 Women season, the BBC’s Shaimaa Khalil has gained access to one of the secret shelters, and met women who live with threats to their daily lives.
Reporter Shaimaa Khalil and producer Dina Demrdash
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