Aya is a confident and determined mother of two. Before the conflict, she had worked hard to achieve her dream: running a busy shop where she made and sold clothes. She was proud of her work, and of the home she and her husband Hassan had created for their family in Iraq. She loved her life. But everything changed in 2014.
Home and hope reduced to rubble
One group of fighters arrived at one side of the village, while opposing forces arrived at the other. Bombs fell, battles raged – and Aya’s community was stuck in the middle. She and Hassan fled with their family.
‘I was carrying my son… so any shell would hit me, instead of my child.’
When the family came home four years later, they found their house and shop reduced to rubble.