Mosul. September 2016

Millions of people have been forced from their homes in Syria and Iraq due to the threat of ISIS which has caused the largest refugee and displacement crisis of our time. These people, mostly women, and children have witnessed unspeakable violence. Yazidi, Christian, and Muslim; they all have fled the war in their homeland.
Today is more than two years that the women and children of Mosul and Sinjar spend their lives in refugee’s tents, in all types of weather conditions, hot or freezing cold there is only one tent to spend the days.
The biggest victims of war, these vulnerable groups of people are not considered in the center of conflict but they carry the heavy burden of war with the force of hope, from one war to another; from one ceasefire to another. Like the women and children of Mosul who in September 2016 reside next to the roads directing to Mosul, restless and exhausted, waiting for a victory yet struggling to maintain hope. This, everyone, can find in their eyes, the common language.


Yazidi women, Eishan, has miraculously escaped from the threat of Daesh with her mother in law night after witnessing the beheading of the men of the village. They have run barefoot from one village to another and from one desert to another and now she lives near Erbil with her child.
She still has no news from her sisters enslaved by Daesh and she, struggling with health problems, is living in an abandoned wood storage shed with minimum standards of living, but teaches her child with Down syndrome to be kind to passengers and to sends kisses when eyes meet.