Tomas (11) with his sister Solin (3). -
Tomas, a Yazidi boy, was kidnapped and held captive for three years after an attack by ISIS on Sinjar, Iraq. After being moved to Mosul, he was eventually surrendered to the Iraqi Army by a deserting ISIS combatant and was then sent to a hospital in Hamam Al-Alil, where someone in his family found him by chance, subsequently contacting his father to let him know his son is still alive. Three years of a valuable childhood spent in captivity, subject to physical and psychological abuse.
He's eventually been reconnected with his entire family, except for a missing sister named Sadeeh, who the family are still searching for. Tomas’ family now faces the same uncertainty familiar to the nearly 400,000 displaced Yazidis living in refugee camps. Children like Tomas are particularly prone to acute psychological trauma as a result of prolonged hardship and abuse. With the UNHCR at its “operational limits,” camps are characterized by harsh living conditions and a lack of basic services — let alone the psychosocial support young children require.
Just two amongst millions who've been unfortunate enough to experience first hand man's inhumanity to man.
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