Inside Iraq’s secret shelters for domestic violence survivors

Middle East

In Iraq, where nearly half of married women has been exposed to at least one form of spousal violence, according to the UN, Yanar Mohammed has been sheltering survivors of ‘honour’ killing and sex trafficking for 15 years.

It’s a job that can get her organisation raided and get her attacked or killed any day. The BBC’s 100 Women has gained access to one of the secret shelters, and met women who learnt to live with threats to their daily lives.

Reporter Shaimaa Khalil and producer Dina Demrdash

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