“In fact, both my middle daughter, the most affected, and I participated. After these sessions, I felt comfortable and the nightmare I was suffering from ended. It was a new beginning for me and my daughter. I felt that my psychological state had changed, which was reflected in my clothing style and overall approach to life,” Jinan noted.
When asked how she sees the next chapter of her story, she affirmed that “I have greatly benefited from the victims of terrorism rehabilitation programme, and I hope that it will expand further and include more categories of people. I would like to be a trainer in this programme, training and rehabilitating victims of terrorism who have suffered from ISIS as I am fully aware of this experience.”
This story, the second in a five-part series, marks the International Day of Remembrance of and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism
which takes place on 21 August. This series is originally featured as part of the UNODC “Victims’ Voices, Silencing Terrorism” campaign, which was conducted in June 2023 through a combination of social media outreach and on-the-ground presence in Baghdad, Iraq. The campaign reached 23 million people in Iraq and the Middle East and North Africa regionand was conducted in collaboration with Iraqi authorities, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Association of Victims of Terrorism in Lebanon (AVT-L) and funded by the Netherlands. The campaign focused on providing an alternative narrative to that of terrorist groups by raising awareness of the resilience of victims of terrorism and the importance of having their voices heard. The messages and stories they tell have the power to silence the negative and harmful fear-oriented messages spread by terrorist groups. The campaign featured several victims of terrorism supported by the project, as they used their voices to tell their own stories of resilience and overcoming and spoke of how more victims should be encouraged to do the same. The campaign also focused on highlighting the importance of understanding who is a victim of terrorism, what are victims’ needs, the role of the community, and the achievements of the project.