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…for little Nur and Mustafa?

I met this family while visiting Erbil Citadel. We didn’t speak even one language in common but with a bit of effort, sign language and a few words in English and Turkish we managed to communicate.

They told me they had to leave their home in Mosul after the area had been invaded by IS in June last year. The wife is of Arabic descent and the husband is a Kurd, a soldier in Iraqi army (not local Peshmerga) and at the time he was stationed around Kirkuk – another hotspot similar to Mosul, close to Kurdistan border. When I met them he was on leave visiting his family in Erbil.

I understood that because he was of Kurdish origin they avoided the fate the awaits most refugees – a camp. The wife and kids could stay with his relatives in Kurdistan.

She looked a bit worried but he was in good mood. He jokingly called her “Daesh” (Sorani for IS) because she was wearing black. He “explained” to me the politics of the war: George W Bush was a good man, Barrack Obama sympathises with IS and Recep Erdogan is simply a bad man. Kurdish point of view shaped by history.

The kids seemed happy. They were visiting a great castle on a beautiful day. Most of all, I think, they enjoyed having both of their parents around. For how long I wonder.

This is my last post from Iraq for the time being.

In WS two more photos taken in the Citadel on the same evening.

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