Abdullah lived in the same small village in Iraq for 40 years. He ran a barber shop, which supported his wife and four children. ‘In this community,’ he says, ‘our tradition is to love and support one another... When there’s a wedding, everyone in the village would attend the party.’ But in 2014, this community was torn apart.
A desperate escape
Armed conflict was sweeping through Iraq – destroying everything in its path. ‘When we heard the news that war was coming to this village, we felt scared and afraid,’ Abdullah tells us. When armed groups arrived, they had to make a desperate escape. ‘We got in our cars and left. [They] were killing people and taking women as slaves.’ For three long years they lived in exile.