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Iraqi Families :: “Forgotten Refugees”

“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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“Forgotten Refugees”

Young Men in Jordan

Of all the refugees, the most isolated are the young men ages 18–35 who fled Iraq without family. Their childhoods in Iraq were shaped by sanctions and war. They watched as the social fabric of their communities collapsed and militias took over their neighborhoods. As young men, they left home to escape the violence. Many have no passport and no documents and are considered illegal immigrants. They are targeted by police and taken advantage of by employers. They are not considered “at risk,” so resettlement is not a possibility. They are not the face of refugees that elicits Western sympathy. They are trapped, alone, and with few options.


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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