Sinjar became the center of the world’s attention when one of the most horrifying cases of genocide took place, and also due to women who suffered from acts of violence, psychological trauma, and torture. A year after the Ezidi genocide in Iraq, many women to fleed from ISIS. Each of the women who managed to escape has a different history of persecution. This research was conducted to examine the problems which these women faced on a daily basis—problems occurring after experiencing sexual violence, persecution, and forced migration to Europe. The costs of forced migration, which is the consequence of the armed conflict, are enormous. Women in the diaspora remain attached to, and empowered by, a “home” culture, fundamental values of propriety, and religion. Women who were victims of violence or abuse developed trauma, which consequentially led to the psychological disorder of post-traumatic stress. They are terrified because of their experiences during the war. How can these women integrate into a new society? How can integration help them to recover from their traumatic stress? Experiences of displacement reshape constructions of “home” or the nation. This article constitutes a critical assessments of gender-based violence, as a source of displacement.

Author Biography

SeyedehBehnaz Hosseini completed her doctoral research with a focus on minorities in Iran especially Yārsāani and migration in the Department of Islamic Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies in University of Vienna. Her research interests include religious minorities in Iran and Iraq, Currently she is working on research about Iraqi minorities and women’s forced migration. The author is currently affiliated with the Department of Sociology, University of Alberta. Research fellow, Edmonton, Canada.