10:50 GMT27 February 2021
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    In 2014, Germany launched a special program to provide medical treatment for former Daesh hostages. Over 900 women and children who were held hostage by the terrorists have been treated as part of the program last year.

    According to Prof. Dr. Jan Ilhan Kizilhan, a chief consultant of the program, Daesh is a completely new phenomenon that can't be compared with other terrorist organizations as Al Qaeda or al-Nusra Front.

    Kizilhan argues that the terrorists perceive those not of the Islamic faith as non-humans and therefore have "no problem" with killing people of any age and gender.

    "We are dealing with a completely different ideology and different behavior that crosses the entire previous concept. This is new kind of ideological Islamic fascism […], according to which only people practicing Islam have the right to live," the expert said in an exclusive interview with Sputnik.

    The medical treatment program was launched in Germany, Baden-Wurttemberg, in 2014 after Daesh took control of large parts of Iraq and captured thousands of hostages. Last year, more than 900 women and children underwent medical treatment as part of the project.

    In Kizilhan's opinion, the main goal of the program is to help former hostages to regain the feeling of security and heal psychological trauma, which is a very difficult task especially in case of women who have been sold and raped by Daesh from the age of about eight years old.

    "You can't forget it just like that. Former hostages will process the trauma for the rest of their life. The therapy will help them to feel safe and learn to live with that further," the expert argued.

    According to Kizilhan, Daesh terrorists are seeking to take Europe and the whole Christian world under its control and want to make people live in fear. To counter them, the international community should adhere to such important values as human rights, equality and solidarity and at the same time take measures to eliminate the organization, the members of which are fanatical and incapable of dialogue, he said.


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