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Iraqi Families :: “Headed to America”

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

Abu Diah and his Family

Abu Diah lost his sight during the Iran-Iraq war. Forced to flee Iraq, he and his wife and six children live in a three-room flat in Amman. They spend their days waiting. In March, they were approved for resettlement to the United States. They have no information about when or where they are going. Abu Diah has heard mention of Kentucky, Oregon, or perhaps Miami. The family is concerned about the move. Most of their information about America is rumors and hearsay. The oldest son only has a third grade education, but he has been the sole wage earner for the family. They are a traditional family; all the women wear the hijab. No one speaks English. When they are finally notified of their departure date, they will leave Jordan quietly and quickly with two suitcases each.


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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