“It’s really hard to leave my family behind, but I’m doing this for my baby,” Nour (27) says as she holds her 5-month-old baby boy, Nathalio in her lap. Her husband, Shadi, holds her hand.
Bijar and his family of four moved into a caravan in Dawodiya camp, in the northern Iraqi governorate of Dohuk, from unfinished buildings in neighbouring Warmale where they had initially sought refuge after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) invaded Sinjar in the autumn of 2014.
By Taryn Fivek
Nadira turns the pages of her family photo album with the pain of loss etched on her face. Sitting with Nadira and her teenage daughter Sa’ada in their tent at Shekhan camp in northern Iraq, IOM Iraq staff learns of the immense loss their family has faced, through the photos they share.
“Before we were displaced, we spent a lot of time together as a family. We had lots of parties and picnics together. We all lived in the same neighborhood,” Nadira pauses, pointing at a wedding photo in the album.