Mustafa is a proud father and grandfather. He’s 60 years old and has six sons, three daughters-in-law, and seven grandchildren. Their lives were turned upside down when violent conflict forced them to flee, in fear, from their small Iraqi town three years ago.
Mustafa says all the homes in his town were damaged and many were destroyed completely. They can’t go back. ‘We don’t have enough money to start again,’ says Mustafa, ‘or enough house left to build back on.
‘Life [in the temporary camp] is difficult,’ he explains, ‘but I can live with it as long as my family is safe.’
Safety has come at a price. Mustafa and his family all live squeezed into two tents in the camp. It’s extremely hot in summer and freezing cold in winter and, until not long ago, when Mustafa, who is in a wheelchair, needed the toilet, he had no choice but to make use of a commode in the middle of the tent. It wasn’t private and he says it made the place smell bad. It was another unpleasant daily reminder that where his family is, isn’t home.
Thanks to the giving of supporters like you, Tearfund was able to install a proper toilet with an accessible ramp in the camp for Mustafa to use. It’s a simple thing that makes a big difference to him. It’s more comfortable, he tells us, and now his tent doesn’t smell bad. He says: ‘I now feel better about this life in the camp.’
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