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Survivors Need Shelter, but Shelters Need Legal Protection in Iraq


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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.