Mulham Barakat Naif

Mulhem Barakat, like so many other Yezidi children, fled from his home in Sinjar four years ago and now lives in a camp for displaced people near Duhok city, Kurdistan.  Now he is 20, with a big family who many counts on him for financial support. In fact, his father is now too old to seek employment

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Salam Saodon Habo

Salam lives in Berseve camp, near Zakho. At 20 years old he is the oldest of 9 siblings.  Salam is the only man in the family because his father was kidnapped by ISIS and is still unaccounted for, but unfortunately, Salam is unable to work or study because a tumor in his right optic nerve damaged his vision.

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Zazar’s family

Zazar is 14 years old and he has been presenting symptoms of mental retardation, epilepsy and cerebral palsy since he was a 3 years old little boy. To date, he is not responsive at all, he can’t walk nor eat by himself and he can be extremely hard to control during his frequent epileptic attacks.

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Samira

 Samira is a 15 years old girl. She is one of the many Yezidis who were forced to leave their homes to escape from ISIS violence. For few days she was trapped in Sinjar mountain, while fights were taking place everywhere around. After reaching Kurdistan, an unfinished building became her new home and later she finally moved

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Auso

Auso is 38 year old father of ten who lived happily in his home in Talazer until the ISIS’ invasion in 2014 uprooted is entire life forcing him and his family to run away and try to rebuild a life in Dakar Camp. Auso lives in 2 conjoined caravans with 12 family members 10 of whom are his children.

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Wadha

Wadha is a 66 year old widowed women, who foresaw the imminent danger posed by ISIS in 2014 and escaped to Kurdistan before most of her fellow Yazidi. She has made herself a makeshift home in a poorly equipped tent in Dawoodia Camp amongst 4000 other IDPs. Despite being forced to live in such cramped and messy conditions

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Tahsin and Delho

Tahsin is a 13 years old Yazidi girl and Delho is a 9 years old boy both from Telazer in Sinjar. She spent 7 days fleeing from ISIS over Sinjar Mountain to Kurdistan on the back of a Donkey in 2014. Tahsin now inhabits Kabertoo Camp overcrowded with approximately 30,000 other Yazidi IDPs.

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Seve

Seve is a 38 years old woman who left her home in Wardia by foot over Sinjar Mountain with countless others in the heat of the 2014 summer to escape ISIS invaders. Seve now lives in Dawoodia Camp in two conjoined caravans with her parents. She is affected by breast cancer and is in need of expensive medical care.

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Kheri

Kheri is a 47 years father of 8. He is originally from Tel Quasab near Sinjar city, but in 2014 after ISIS’ invasion, he was forced to flee with is family. Kheri and his family now live in Khanke camp which is also home to approximately 10,000 other IDPs. There is only one member of Kheri’s family that is able to arrange work.

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Ramia’s family

Ramia is an 11 years old girl who was born in Kabertoo Camp, a IDPs camp where mostly people from Sinjar are still living because of the lack of support services, employment opportunities and danger that still plague the Yazidi homeland. Ramia and her five siblings suffer from micro-coria, a disease of the eyes.

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Maimona and Mohamed

Maimona and Moahmed are two siblings both suffering from epidermidis bullosa a disease that makes the skin hypersensitive, so they have slowly lost their thinner limbs and you are constantly covered of blisters. Maimona and Mohamed live in one very small room with their two sisters, mother and handicapped father.

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Abdul

Abdul is a 7 years old boy from Rakka in Syria. He came to Erbil as a refugee in 2015, after ISIS took over his home city. Now Abdul lives with his two sisters and parents in an empty building in a suburb of Erbil. Abdul is deaf since birth and he needs an expesnsive hearing aid to be able to finally hear, talk and learn. Please consider donating to support him.

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Abdulla

Abdulla is a 7 years old boy who was born in Anbar. When ISIS invaded the area in 2014 his family didn’t manage to escape in time and was forced to live under the unhuman ISIS regime for two years. Since 2016 Abdulla finally has moved to Kasnazan, Erbil where he now lives with his parents and his sister.

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Aran

Aran is a 6 years old boy living in Sharia IDPs camp. The camp hosts around 15000 IDPs, especially Yezidis who escaped from Sinjar mountain in 2014. Aran, his brother and parents escaped by foot, reaching the Syrian border after hours of walking under the Iraq’s August sun. He was suffering from a hearing impairment and

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Thair

Thair is a 40-year-old man from Christian town Qaraqosh, father of 4 children. Before displacement due to the ISIS invasion, he lived with his family in the flat rented by the Church for people with lower social status. He used to work as a guard in the church.

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Sivan

Sivan is a 2-year-old girl. She was born in Iraqi Kurdistan into a family of Syrian refugees. Before fleeing Syria, her father was a simple worker. When a civil war began in his country, he was asked to join the army. He rather chose to leave and to search for a safer life in Iraq, where he found a wife and had a daughter

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Roni

Roni is a 2-year-old lovely boy. His parents are Syrian refugees, who had to flee their country in 2014 because of ISIS. Before displacement, his father was studying literature. Roni’s family found a place to stay in Erbil and started looking for medical care to help Roni with his condition.

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Nasima

Nasima, a 17-year-old Yazidi girl from Sinjar region, was born with a congenital defect – cleft lip and palate. At the age of 2 months, she underwent surgery, which was not successful and Nasima’s speech could not develop properly. She was stigmatized by her disorder and refused to go to school.

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Naji

Naji is a 60 years old man originally from Anbar. In 2014 ISIS took over his town and he was forced to live under ISIS regime for 8 months. When ISIS started recruiting young males, Naji and his 24 years old son escaped to Kurdistan. Now Naji lives with his son and his wife in a small flat in Erbil.

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Muhamad

Muhamad is a 2,5-year old boy, who was born to a family of Syrian refugees. His parents lived in the suburb of Damascus, but with the deterioration of security situation in their country in 2012, they decided to move to Iraqi Kurdistan. Muhamed had problems in his spinal cord.

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Khalaf

Khalaf is a 45-year-old Yazidi man, who has 7 children. During the tragic events of August 2014, his family and he were kept hostages by ISIS fighters for few days, but fortunately they managed to escape during fighting to the Sinjar mountain. Around 150 relatives of his and people

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Karina

Karina was born in March 2014 in the Iraqi Sinjar region, just 5 months before its invasion by ISIS. Since that time, she is growing up displaced in Iraqi Kurdistan. Hopefully, as the small infant, she does not have traumatic memories of the escape trhough the mountains

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Dlshad

Dlshad is a 10-year-old Yazidi boy from Iraqi Sinjar region. Before ISIS occupied his village, he lived a peaceful life with his family and grandparents. In August 2014, he was forced to leave everything behind and flee to Sinjar mountain. From there he walked for hours to reach safety.

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Dler

Dler was born in April 2017 in an IDP camp to a young Yazidi parents as their second child. He was growing nicely even in difficult living conditions of the camp. His parents and grandparents were taking good care of him and trying to provide him with everything needed.

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Anas

Anas is a 5-year-old Muslim boy who was born in a small village in Anbar province in Iraq. His father used to be a worker and he was trying to provide his children as much as he could. The life of family changed completely in early 2014 when ISIS seized its control of the Anbar province.

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Amal

Amal, a 20-year-old Yazidi girl, is from the south of Sinjar region. She shared the same destiny as many other people of her ethnic group, when ISIS invaded their region. Fleeing to Sinjar mountain where they stayed siege for few long days, then escaping through the Syrian borde

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Alian

Alian is a 13-year-old Yazidi boy from Bashiqa town, located around 30km north-east from Mosul city. He used to live in a house with his parents and 4 siblings and he was attending school. When ISIS fighters started to take over Ninawa plains, his family was forced to leav

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Ali Elias

Ali, a 62-year-old Yazidi man, is a father of 8 children. Before displacement due to the ISIS invasion, he used to live in Sinjar region with families of his sons. In August 2014, they escaped to Sinjar mountain and after few days, they found a temporary home.

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Ahmed

Ahmed is a 21-year-old boy who was born in Syria. He lived in Kobani with his parents and 4 siblings. When ISIS raised in power and the security situation in Syria worsened, his family decided to search for a safer place to live and they fled to Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Katrina

Katrina is a 5 years old girl living in Chamisko, a massive IDPs camp near Duhok. She is the youngest of eight kids and they all live together in one big tent with no running water and electricity only for few hours a day. They escaped from ISIS in 2014 and now struggle to make enough money to survive

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Sabhan

Sabhan is a young Yazidi man aged 15. He is from Sinjar but he now lives Ankawa a Christian suburb of Erbil living in an unfinished apartment building with 25 families including his own.  After he underwent neurological damages due to a head injury, he is need of physiotherapy.

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Gose

Gose is a 40 years old woman with ten kids all still fully dependent on her. She now lives in Badje Kandala an IDPs camp near Duhok. During the last years, she went through many troubled situations and she now needs help to overcome a further challenge: a severe back pain which prevents her from walking and moving freely.

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Dunia and Diar

Dunia is a 7 years old girl and she is the older sister of Diar who is a 4 years old boy. The pair now live in Shekhan village but originate from Gerzan in the South of Sinjar district. They were forcible removed from their home in 2014 by the encroachment ISIS invaders. They needed a join operation and thanks to Polish private donors we were able to provide it!

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Jasin

Jasin is a 4 years old boy from the south of Sinjar. He is the youngest of five siblings. During ISIS’ invasion in 2014 his family escaped from the region by foot reaching the Syrian border after 3 days of walking through the Sinjar mountains. Jasin suffers from Thalassamia Major

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Basem

Basem is a 60 years old woman living in Dakar IDPs camp. She has three kids: two boys and one girl. One of her sons has left home leaving his two young kids there with Basem. So now there is 7 people sharing the small space of a tent and no one is working. She was affected by severe back pain and was in need of an urgent back oepration.

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Ahmad

Ahmad is a young boy of 3 years of age. He has four siblings living with him and his parents, two of which are two beautiful girl twins. They live in Balqoosh a small village enar Duhok.
In order to guarantee a roof on the head of his children, Ahmad’s father had to ask for a loan so each year they are expected to pay back 1 million IQD (around 1000$)

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Khoke

Khoke is a 28 years old woman. She now lives in Chamisko camp with his husband and two kids. They live in a small tend but they created a nice shadowed yard in the middle where they can also spend their time. Her husband has been working repairing a highway for the past two months but he doesn’t know for how long more he will be able to wor

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Ida

Ida is 20 years old and she has a big family. All seven of her siblings live with her and the youngest is only 4 months old.
Ida lives in Khanke, a massive IDPs camp near Duhok. Ida’s father is separated from Ida’s mother and now lives only with his second wife and all his children. He was a builder before 2014 and was able to make a decent living.

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Mahdi and Mahwar

Mahdi and  Mahwar Saleh Khadar are two siblings, relatively 13 and 12 years old. They come from Solagh, near Sinjar City and were displaced in 2014 by the advancement of ISIS and now live in Bersve IDPs camp. Bersve hosts around 30 000 individuals and everyone shares a very small portion of space

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Ivan

She is part of the community of Yazadis, a highly discriminated minority in Kurdistan. Also for this reason, she and her husband have struggled to find employment since displacement in 2014. She needs a urgent eye operation and a surgery to remove three kidney stones, but she can’t cover the cost by herself.

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Seve

Seve is 58 years old and lives in Chamisko camp. She has three kids and she now lives in a tent with her son’s family. Her husband was in the army and was killed in 2006. Seve has not financial support beside a small compensation she receives monthly for the loss of her husband (250$ every two months). Seve suffers from ischemic heart disease.

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Vian

Vian is 8 years old and she is the youngest member of her family. She has five siblings and one of them is married. She is from Rambusi a small viilage in Sinjar mountain. As many other IDPs from there she escaped to the mountains, walked to the Syrian border in the burning August of 2014, and lived in a unfinished building until 2015.

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Heshiar

Heshiar is a five years old lively boy from Tel Qasab. When ISIS took over his hometow in 2014 he, his sister and his mother managed to escape with a car of a relative to Sharia, a village near Duhok. His dad was separated from them and remained in Sinjar mountain to fight ISIS, but luckily he then managed to walk to the Syrian border and save himself.

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Khalida

Khalida is a 6 years old girl who lives in Berseve1, a camp for internally displaced people currenly hosting thousands of families. Khalida’s parents are cousins and as a consequence Khalida was born with a genetic defect which prevents her from walking. With your help we want to provide her with a orthopedic support.

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Maha

Maha is 5 years old and she lives in Kabartoo, a camp near Duhok hosting around 30000 displaced people.

Maha is affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa, a disease that increases skin sensitiveness and for which no effective cure has been developed yet. Accordingly, her skin is constantly covered of blisters and wounds.

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Kholaf

Kholaf is 71 years old and has a very large family. Of his 12 kids, two were killed by ISIS during the capture of the Sinjar region, event that forced the family to escape to the north of Kurdistan. Kohlaf normally still lives in Sinjar with some of his kids. Indeed, his family is one of the few that still owns a house in Sinjar.

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Zahra

Zahra is a 5 years old girl from Bork, small town in the north of Sinjar region. She is affected by chronic nephrolithiasis. Since 2017 she had to go through four surgeries to remove these recurrent Stagorn stones. Each surgery cost around 500$ and thanks to donations we were able to cover 100% of surgeries expenses. However, Zahra still needs support.

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Nahma

Nahma is 32 years old and she is the mother of six kids. Currently, her family lives in a one room shelter made of concrete in the middle of the fields. In exchange for this “accommodation” Nahma’s family shares the vegetables produced with the owner of the land. She suffers from severe back pain and she needs your support to treat the condition

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Kaji

Kaji is a 43 years old woman and she is the mother of 7 kids. Two of her seven boys are currently going to University which is not a common privilege for many of the IDPs in this region. Kaji lives with her family in a small house in the village of Khanke. Her family, similarly to thousands of others, found refuge in the Sinjar mountains during ISIS advancement through the region in 2014.

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It started with Raghda

She was one of many that had to flee from the largest Christian city in Iraq, Qaraqosh, when ISIS came in. Despite this terrible experience, she remains strong and believes that once her home city is rebuilt, it will be more beautiful than ever before. Raghda was the very first local employee of STEP-IN.

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