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Survivors Need Shelter, but Shelters Need Legal Protection in Iraq

Survivors Need Shelter, but Shelters Need Legal Protection in Iraq

Lisa Davis

One night last fall, an armed group in Iraq raided a women’s shelter run by a local women’s group. Men armed with assault rifles kidnapped a member of their staff for ransom and forced the women’s group to negotiate for release.

The local women’s group is called OWFI – the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq – and they are the only Iraqi organization that provides shelter for women at risk of violence.