Refugee populations – Narratives from the Yezidi


In August 2014 Islamic State attacked Sinjar, Northern Iraq carrying out human atrocities on the Yezidi population. Yezidi female survivors were also taken as sex slaves by Jihadist fighters with some being returned via escape or through government hostage negotiation. This highly traumatised population has been split into two distinct groups – one remaining in Kurdistan and the second taken to Germany for treatment. An exploration as to the wider consequences of this will be discussed in particular regard to evidence-based trauma treatment interventions. The implications for EMDR Therapy will be outlined in terms of symptom reduction, stabilisation, trauma confrontation and community protective factors that promote resilience.






Derek Farrell

Original Work Citation

Farrell, D. (2016, June). Refugee Populations – Narratives from the Yezidi. In Refugee crisis in Europe and its implications for EMDR therapists (Udi Oren, Chair).  Keynote/Roundtable presented at the at the 17th EMDR Europe Association Conference, The Hague



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