“As a woman, a mother, and someone with a pre-war perspective, I could go where men could not, as well as tell stories most were not interested in telling.”
Reflections by Iqra Rehman. This anthology has poems from her amateur years as a teenage poetess who had it as a medium of expression for the classes she didn’t enjoy and some social norms she couldn’t bring herself to adhere to.
An all-female unit has been active in arming and training Yazidi women before sending them to the frontline.
Some 10,000 Iraqi refugees have made it over land to Europe this year. Another 400,000 are making their way by sea. And these numbers are expected to rise to 450,000 next year.
Buthaina is from the village of Kucho in Iraq’s northern district of Sinjar, near the border with Syria. She is a member of the Yazidi.