The bodies of two sisters aged 16 and 18 years were found in a pond in late February. The sisters had previously stayed at the government shelter in Suleimania. After a legal decision the sisters were returned to their family only to be found murdered some time thereafter.
Lanja Abdulla, chairwoman of Warvin foundation for women issues, one of Kvinna till Kvinna partner organisations, reports about another young girl who was killed earlier this year after she had been in the shelter in Erbil.
Lanja Abdulla and other women activists are outraged and demand the government to protect the women and girls from being killed by their family members. The state shelters in Kurdistan are failing to protect women and girls at risk of gender-based violence.
Read about Kvinna till Kvinna’s recent visit to the shelter in Suleimania, where the two sisters were staying before they were murdered.
Media reports about the case: