“Our families have been living here for about 5 years now. We had to leave our homes in Syria. It wasn’t a choice we wanted to make. But we wanted to live so we had to choose safety and fled from IS. We’ve been saving up every single cent since and hoped that one day we could use that to return home. We even had a timeline.
When the new year (2020) starts we would go home. Just a few days of walking and we’re home. Rebuild our lives. See what is left, work hard and move forward. We kept hope all those years. It wasn’t easy but together we always talked about hope. Not anymore though. It’s gone.
Turkey has attacked our village because the US troops were pulled out. It’s unsafe and it’s so destructed there is no way we could rebuild. I will be fine, I am old. But what about those children and their parents. They had a life ahead of them. At home. Not anymore… we’ve lost all hope.”
This is one of many stories alike. Over 7000 Syrian refugees live in the Basirma camp in Iraqi Kurdistan. Due to the recent attacks in Syria and Kurdistan a lot of people here share his story. About hope and the loss of it. That just about a week before this conversation I had with this gentleman they all still had that hope and their plans to return home. But within the blink of an eye this all changed.
It’s heartbreaking, unfair, infuriating, unimaginable and still happening everyday. But for us it’s important to keep hope and keep on working hard to a better world. To bring hope and to help where we can.