The Least We Can Do

The Least We Can Do

(2020, 52 minutes)
The Least We Can Do tells the story of Canada's response to the Yazidi genocide, the decision to bring Yazidi women and girl survivors to Canada as refugees, and the failure to provide them with promised trauma care.

On August 3, 2014, ISIS extremists began a campaign of genocide against the Yazidi, a religious minority in Northern Iraq. They murdered the men, forced the boys into ISIS military training camps, and enslaved the women and girls subjecting them to torture and rape in a fate that survivor Nadia Murad described as “worse than death.” A small group of women in British Columbia, Canada, are relieved when the Canadian Government votes to bring Yazidi women and girls to Canada as refugees and provide them with comprehensive trauma care for their ‘unimaginable suffering’.

The BC women are horrified to later discover that the government has not followed through on all its promises. The Yazidi were brought to Canada and then neglected. Trauma services are inadequate, unplanned, and failing. As the group urges the government to keep its promise, they encounter unexpected support along the way.

Director: Moira Simpson
Producer: Women Refugees Advocacy Project (WRAP)

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The Least We Can Do
  • The Least We Can Do

    (52 min) Human Rights; Refugees (Yazidi); War Crimes; Public Policy; Transnational Psychiatry; Health Care

    Canada's response to the Yazidi genocide falls short of its promise, provoking a small group of women to take action.

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