Institute for War and Peace Reporting | Giving Voice, Driving Change

Social and Healthcare Rights

Focus on cost of treatment and problem of mentally ill people living rough.

The feature covered the Iraqi Kurdistan law which states that every citizen has the right to receive medical treatment regardless of their financial status and for a nominal fee; and the problem of the hundreds of people who are mentally ill and living on the street with no access to medical treatment. The feature followed the life of Sadia, a mentally ill woman living on the streets of Sulimaniyah, and the problems faced by the hundreds of homeless mentally ill who have no access to medical treatment. As a result of featuring on the show, Sadia was taken in by a hospital, treated and reunited with her five children, whom she had not seen for many years.