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Iraqi Families :: “The Kids Don’t Know”

“Day by day, years go by.” Iraqi Families on the Borders. A Photo Essay by Johnny Barber.

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Photo by Johnny Barber
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“The Kids Don’t Know”

Abu Mazin and his Family

Abu Mazin and his family fled to Syria in 2006. He worked as a driver between Baghdad and Damascus but was forced to abandon that job when cars were stopped at checkpoints and people had to state their religion. For a member of the minority Sabian faith, the risk became too great. He occasionally finds menial work in Syria, but he is unable to support his family. “Day by day, years go by. The children are getting older. The family’s needs are growing.” His extended family is now spread across five countries. Eighty percent of Iraqi families have been fractured in this way. Abu Mazin says, “I am just looking for a place to live in peace, where I can find some work and secure a future for my kids.” I comment on the joy of his children. He tells me, “The kids don’t know. The parents bear it all.”


Johnny Barber is an activist and freelance photographer.

Additional portraits can be seen at oneBrightpearl.com and further information is available at his blog oneBrightpearl-jb.blogspot.com.



Image of other articles in the issue: Food for Everyone. Illustration by Nikki McClure

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