Delighted to announce that “Escaping Darkness” the mental health treatment campaign run by the AMAR Foundation – which was inspired in part by Escape from ISIS and which I was honoured to help launch – is hugely expanding.
Thanks to generous funding by a US donor, the programme will increase its number of treatment centres in the Kurdish region, as well as opening new centres across Iraq, including in Baghdad and Najaf.
It will now be one of the main providers of mental health support for all of Iraq’s people, no matter their ethnicity or religion, something that is desperately needed in a country that has suffered such horrific violence in years of war.
Well done AMAR! And thanks to all those who have supported the Escaping Darkness appeal. Together, we can all help to reverse our world’s slide into savagery.
I’m proud to have made a small contribution to this important campaign by the fantastic charity Help Refugees.
They gathered a number of Britain’s leading lights including Rita Ora, Jamie Callum, the Freud sisters and Richard Rogers to step forward and talk about their origins as refugees who fled to this country.
When you consider all they have achieved and contributed, just think what today’s refugees might do if we only gave them a chance.
Several people have asked for my opinion on how to actually DO something to help the situation in Syria, which seems to set new benchmarks for horror, cruelty and heartbreak every day.
These are my ideas – I’d be glad if others wanted to add their own in the comments.
Please choose one. Do something. Every one of us who takes action to help, no matter how small, also strikes a blow against the monsters inflicting this violence against innocent people – and gives hope to us all.
Despite everything she suffered, Nadia has been tireless in her efforts to raise awareness of the plight of young women held in sexual slavery by ISIS, thousands of whom still remain in captivity – in the video above, you can see her testify before the UN Security Council, and she has met Presidents and Prime Ministers around the world. The impact of her story is overwhelming. She has been accompanied and supported by Khaleel’s wife, Amena.
I cannot think of a more deserving recipient of the prize.