July - August 2017
In August 2014 ISIS took control of Sinjar in Northern Iraq and abducted and enslaved over 6,000 Yezidi women and children. Iraqi officials estimate that 3,410 Yezidis still remain in captivity or are unaccounted for.
Hannah travelled to Kurdistan with clinical psychologist Dr Sarah Whittaker-Howe for an art project with Yezidi women who have escaped ISIS captivity. The aim of the project was to use art as a tool for advocacy; bringing their stories into places of influence in the West
Teaching these women to paint their self-portraits has been a way for those who have never been to school or learned to read and write, to share their stories with the rest of the world. Testimony is an important element of the recovery process post-torture and sexual violence.
These paintings convey their dignity, resilience and unspeakable grief.
Hannah's interview for Sky News, to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women November 2017:
Hannah also spoke at the Thomson Reuters Foundation Trust Conference in London November 2017 about her art project with Yezidi women.