Informationen zu COVID-19 (Kurdisch) des Bundesministeriums für Gesundheit
12. Oktober 2020
Mehrsprachige Flyer zu “Psychische Gesundheit schützen” für Kinder und Erwachsene
20. November 2020

The worldwide spread of COVID‐19 is especially causing a humanitarian catastrophe in refugee camps in crisis regions.1 For example, currently over 350 000 survivors of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorism in the Kurdistan region of Iraq live in more than 20 refugee camps. These communities, which had already been traumatized, are now confronted with further adversities that exacerbate the ongoing psychological suffering and lead to increased suicide rates2; however, medical and psychological care is limited,3 and the work of humanitarian actors is restricted.4 Moreover, social distancing is almost impossible in high‐density camps, and hygiene practices are often simply not applicable.5 The objective of our pilot study was to briefly examine for the very first time the development of mental health of a cohort of Yazidis in a refugee camp in Iraq using selective psychometric measures before and shortly after the COVID‐19 outbreak.

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