The Eyes of Hope
The place is Baharka Refugee Camp (29 May 2017) located in Erbil province. Here, Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation meets Abdullah Xalil Jamil, 12 years old, from Mosul. He has been living in this camp since the end of 2014 with his mother, father, three sisters and two brothers. Abdullah tells us life in the camp is not good, he states, “Life in the tent is difficult especially during the harsh winters and very hot summers.”
Winter in Erbil can be below zero Celsius and summer can range upwards of 50 degrees. He misses his school and friends in Mosul and dreams of returning home and finding his old friends.
Abdullah says he and his family were very happy in Mosul but left when Isis took over. He had already started class 3 in Mosul and now in camp is attending school in class 4. He told Bring Hope the best time of the day is when he is freely cycling in the camp.
Abdullah’s father cannot work due to illness and his mother works cleaning, still, despite all these obstacles, Abdullah has not lost hope in life. When we look at Abdullah, we see the eyes of hope reflected back.