Iraqi Families :: “Saving Her Remaining Son”

“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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“Saving Her Remaining Son”

Iman and Tootie

Iman and her son are new to Damascus, having arrived in October 2008. She is determined to save 14-year-old Barath, whom she affectionately calls Tootie. Iman has lost two sons to the sectarian violence in Iraq. Both were kidnapped, brutally tortured, and murdered. She fled when her remaining son was threatened, leaving her husband and three daughters behind. Tootie is adjusting to his new life in Damascus. Iman says she has no plan other than resettlement. She says she only knows they must leave the Middle East, and she is willing to go anywhere that offers an opportunity for her youngest son.


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