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Iraqi Families :: “Will Never Return to Iraq”

“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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Photo © Johnny Barber
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“Will Never Return to Iraq”

Um Alan and Her Son

When Um Alan and her son arrived in Damascus in 2007, UNHCR representatives didn’t believe the police report she produced detailing her husband’s disappearance in Baghdad. Her husband had been working for an American contractor. Although he quit that job to protect his family when he got married, he was kidnapped from his car a few months later. Though ransom demands were initially made, Um Alan lost contact with the kidnappers and doesn’t know what has happened to her husband. Alan, now 10 months old, never met his father. Um Alan points to pictures of her husband and murmurs, “Abu … Abu Alan” to her son. Um Alan says she will never return to Iraq and hopes to find a future for her son outside the Middle East.


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.



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