Nemam Ghafouri, Physician Who Aided Yazidis in Iraq, Dies at 52

Nemam Ghafouri was born on Dec. 25, 1968, within the Chnarok area of Iraq (now the semi-autonomous Kurdistan area), one in every of 11 youngsters of Mahmoud Agha Kaka Ziad Ghafouri, a Kurdish resistance commander, and Gulzar Hassan Jalal, who relayed meals and ammunition to the fighters whereas elevating her youngsters.

Dr. Ghafouri grew up close to Tehran and in Naghadeh, within the West Azerbaijan province in Iran. Her household moved to Stockholm as refugees within the Eighties. She studied medication on the College of Pecs in Hungary and at Umea College in northern Sweden.

Within the Kurdistan Area of Iraq, she designed and performed one of many first epidemiological surveys on threat components confronted by conflict-zone survivors.

Dr. Ghafouri engaged in wide-ranging aid efforts lately, together with missions to Iran to assist earthquake survivors. However her major focus since 2014 had been coping with the humanitarian disaster created by the ISIS takeover. Even after escaping ISIS, Yazidis have been left for months with no shelter and no coordinated aid operations. Seven years later, greater than 150,000 stay in displacement camps.

“She didn’t suppose it will final for therefore a few years, however the extra concerned she acquired, she couldn’t go away them alone with none assist,” Nazdar Ghafouri stated of her sister. “She noticed the catastrophe past the primary emergency — meals, water, medication. Then she noticed the disaster — all of the life tales behind each tragedy.”

Along with her sister, Dr. Ghafouri is survived by her mom; 5 extra sisters, Nergiz, Neshmil, Shilan, Chinar and Bijar Ghafouri; and three brothers, Diari, Ari and Karwan.

Dr. Ghafouri was evacuated to Sweden after contracting Covid-19 throughout the mission to reunite the moms and kids. On a ventilator, as her oxygen dropped to dangerously low ranges, she continued to put up political messages on Twitter earlier than she was transported.

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