Surviving the Islamic State—Then Facing Suicide

Suicide is on the rise among Yazidis struggling to cope with the unspeakable trauma inflicted at the hands of the Islamic State, who descended on their people some 5 years ago, killing and enslaving thousands.   

Since April, Médecins Sans Frontières has recorded 20 suicides of Yazidis between ages 13 and 30. Some set themselves on fire.

“Before IS, I had hopes and dreams, but now; nothing,” says 22-year-old Shaima. And that despondence can trickle down the generations.

After the collapse of IS, limited psychiatric centers have offered a lifeline, but are flooded with more complex trauma cases than they can manage.

The New Humanitarian

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