From horror in Iraq to a new dawn in Switzerland, how one Yazidi survivor picked up the pieces

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This is matt wells you news. Adiba cassim is an inspiration after fleeing an eyesore massacre in northern iraq that claimed dozens of family members nba's in two thousand and fourteen just nineteen years old. She became a humanitarian work to help other women who've enjoyed unimaginable horrors at the terrorist sans today. A debate is in switzerland where she studying hard to become a lawyer and where she spoke to u._n. Uses danu johnson as an event to celebrate world humanitarian indeed. I'm twenty five years old and i spent twenty four years in the conflict the war and genocides and prove o._t. And it was very difficult i mean i never had peace basically and in two thousand seventeen when i arrived in switzerland and seeking as item then it was too much for me. I was saying i've never had i didn't know piece so when i arrived here and i was depressed in the beginning i was saying this is to care for me. I want to go back to iraq but i don't have a choice. I have to adopt it so that's what brought you to switzerland and you are z._d. Survivor which is to say you fled on aycell massacre despite this you're still smiling but my question into you is you've been in refugee camps. You've met humanitarian. It's world humanitarian day celebrating the power of women humanitarian setting. Do you remember a female humanitarian who helped you particularly made an impact or what is it that you think women can bring to a humanitarian setting that mankind yes of course sir <unk> humanitarian women. I mean i remember in iraq and the first day swind we lift home on trying to save area and then those people will be incoming gun giving us blankets close because we just run away with what we were wearing after that going to turkey crossing the mountains. I'm being a refugee for the first time in two thousand fourteen of course they were humanitarian woman who really impact on me and who really supported me to go to stand up. Even though i mean i've lost everything but i was i was. I was hoping something you know. Sometimes people were questioning me why you are so positive you know you've been through all of that. I mean i don't know why i was always finding hope that i will take it. Then i started as a humanitarian worker in the refugee camp into t within humanitarian organization that was back in two thousand fourteen and it was just it was just after two months that i left iraq and i couldn't just season watch. It was difficult for me to just sit and watch after i've lost very very close friends to me family. You know i mean i'm still nuts you know recovering from their loose so and then i was taking this as a responsibility not responsibility on my shoulders as they give me all day lift all because in fact you lost seventy plus family members in the massacre asoka in singer in mountains from i sold but i wonder. How did you feel you could help people. Perhaps men couldn't unfortunately in the war men men women the one who are more affected and then in our case thousands of years eighty woman kidnapped and they were raped involved on seoul so when they were managing knitting to come back to iraq to a safe area. They wanted a woman to talk with couldn't explain what they've been through to a man so i founded. It's video important to be there to listen to them. I was nineteen years old and listening to all these terrible stories was something easy for me when they were telling me how many times they've been. They've been raped salt. I was listening to all of that than i was handed old pain with me but i was there and i was listening to them so yes. The work of one humanitarian is very very very important. So when you were working for humanitarian you take testimonies from survivors. How did that work. It was what's difficult. It was absolutely not easy. I mean just just to listen on to do my work as discrimination but i have to be with here. I have to feel here. I have to hike here so it was a big responsibility so you've been helping people ever since and now you've arrived in switzerland where you so you're refugee for a second time but you're studying hard. What are you studying. And what are you planning to do with your studies once. You've completed them learning french which is very difficult. It's my fault language and i. I've been accepted at the university of geneva. I am for the first time i'm going to school because i've never been to school in my country. I did only education it. It was because of the war but i was. I was following my education home. Even my parents that you didn't go to school but my father was writing very beautiful. The was riding a sentence for me and i was following and writing on the whole notebook <laughter> so this is how i learned to read and write and then i was continuing to study at home until until i arrive here in seeking asylum then it was difficult for me. I thought that i cannot continue because i lift everything behind me. I was never thinking to seek yes. I am to be a refugee but then it happened. It wasn't a choice. It was never a choice to come here to arrive in switzerland and to be refusing but then i've been looking the opportunities and i've been taking what zero and i've been always always saying that i will do my -education. No matter what's going to happen. I will do my education. I will go to the university and i study look so today. I am studying international relations at the university of geneva and hoping to study law in the future. I wish she will the best. Thank you so much.

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