It's something else they say about romance – that love, of course, conquers all. in Baghdad and Ehdaa Blackwell struggles to get into a bulletproof vest.
She's filled with hope for a new future, even as she waves goodbye to everything she has ever known.
It's been six months since he slipped a ring on Ehdaa's finger back in the war zone and he hasn't seen her since. "Except I know she's not gonna let me down, like Disney World did once I actually got there.""When I realize that this is not a dream, I think I'm going to look in his eyes the same way I looked the first time," says Ehdaa.He was manning the checkpoint, a figure of authority and strength clad in military camouflage.“He was not like the other soldiers; he was trying to help people, to solve their problems,” said Fatin, an Iraqi Kurd who speaks perfect English. It took a long time to get inside, but I just watched him at work.” In the weeks after the fighting subsided in Baghdad, Fatin and her soldier had the only kind of relationship possible under the circumstances: discrete, delicious and chaste.She wants to meet Home Secretary Theresa May, Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening, and Foreign Minister Philip Hammond, and help prepare an action plan to save these women.
“I do believe that the Government are doing what they can but let’s hope they can do more,” she says.
“I would be more than thankful if they could help to rescue girls – they should work with professionals, like a Yazidi lawyer [Khaleel al-Dakhi, recently featured in a Channel 4 documentary and interviewed by Telegraph Wonder Women] who is rescuing girls.” She’s also urging the Government to keep a promise made last year at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, “to provide greater support and protection to survivors of sexual violence, including children". The community tries to help with money for shelter and so on, but there’s not enough food and water.