Mosul Donor Report
Mîran* from Mosul
Mîran* was born in 1980 and she has four children. Never continuing past her elementary level education Mîran was forced to marry at the age of 15 and resign herself to being a housewife. During her marriage, her newborn died shortly after birth and her marriage ended in divorce. Two years later Mîran remarried. She had three daughters and one son who suffers from a cleft upper-lip and a hole in the roof of his mouth which requires surgery. The stigma of her son’s condition means her daughters are refused marriage and thus remain her economic responsibility.
During ISIS occupation her house was bombed, turned partially to rubble. Mîran witnessed the death of many family members, their corpses laying in her home. It’s the same home she currently lives in, and so she is often reminded of this horror. Today due in part to her low formal education, diagnosed depression, and difficult circumstances Mîran cannot provide for her family. Her husband largely ignores familial responsibilities, and their relationship suffers. Mîran’s fear for her childrens’ future and inability to secure necessities had driven Mara to attempted suicide.
Since April 2021 Mîran has received seven treatment sessions, psychological education on depression, and writing exercises to understand, analyze, and sometimes challenge her ideas and emotions. Her mood has slowly improved but Mîran requires continued treatment sessions to build self-confidence and begin addressing external factors contributing to her condition.
Mîran* represents many residents of Mosul who come to receive psychological treatment. Most of the women in these situations suffer from domestic violence. Due to various circumstances including war, economic instability, and a lack of education it is common in these situations for the male head of house to neglect and not recognize any responsibility caring for their family. This places unreasonable expectations on the female heads of household and often leads to stress, depression, and feelings of hopelessness.
Three months at-a-glance
- Received and treated more than 820 patient cases in the center.
- Hosted 20 sessions of the Dialogue and Peaceful Coexistence Program.
- Hosted 11 sessions of the human rights education program in local schools.
- Hosted 7 external seminars.
- During these past three months our staff have received two parts of their ongoing training in Psychotraumatology.
Human rights education & dialogue
Our treatment center in Mosul hosts local human rights education courses and interfaith dialogue and coexistence events. Each month our Mosul center hold four human rights courses for children in local schools and orphanages. The courses are directed for children from 8 – 16 years old and seek to provide a general understanding of their individual rights, recognize possible abuses, and direct them to seek safe avenues of addressing any violations.
This month our treatment center in Mosul realized its goal by hosting 117 local participants in its interfaith dialogue and coexistence events. Part and parcel with human rights education and mental health treatment, dialogue and interfaith communication is essential for the long-term stability of Mosul’s diverse population.
One of the best uses of our resources is investing in our staff. Each month the treatment center in Mosul hosts 12 – 20 training courses for our staff. This June our staff took part in Psychotraumatology, social work, collective and individual supervision trainings. The majority of our staff participated in these capacity building trainings.
The branch library still needs books
The library in Mosul is a multi-purpose room but lacks sufficient reading material. With only 60 books, it is hardly a library. Staff has requested on Mental Health, treatment methods and medical reference. We also require children’s books and young adult novels for patients. For direct donations of books and reading material please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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*Names of beneficiaries are changed to respect privacy and ensure safety.