Suicide exposes the ongoing trauma of Iraq’s Halabja killings – Middle East Eye

Physical, psychological scars linger from 1988 attacks on Kurdish city, with little specialist assistance from the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Currently, there is only one organisation in the city of Halabja that exists to provide mental health treatment for survivors of the massacre, the Jiyan Foundation, an NGO created in 2005 that helps the all too many survivors of various traumas in northern Iraq.

‘There are really limited human resources, there are only a handful of psychotherapists. So we cannot offer psychological support for the whole city, we can’t do this, it’s impossible for us’

– Ibrahim Hama Saeed Mohammed, psychotherapist

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