Afran’s Story

Afran’s Story

Afran "Now I have a hope to make my life better and to change the lives of those around me." ? My name is Afran*. I was living in Sinjar with my family as a high school student when we heard ISIS was coming, so the next day we decided to leave Sinjar mountain. It...
Gilya’s Story

Gilya’s Story

Gilya* "I try to provide everything for my family, as much as I can." ? I’m from North Shingal. My life was good before I got married. I had a rich family, we wore nice clothes. It was a good life. We had a big family. I had nine sisters and five brothers,...
Jalil’s Story

Jalil’s Story

Jalil "Tutapona taught me not only hope, but to believe in myself." ? “I was living with my family. I had 1 brother, 3 sisters, my father and my mother. We were a small, happy family. Before ISIS came my life was stable. I completed high school and was in...
Bizan’s Story

Bizan’s Story

Bizan* "I hope to be a teacher and help people and this nation the way that I have been helped by Tutapona." ? “Before ISIS came, life was so good in Sinjar. I was in my last year of high school. My whole family was there. My father and mother, 2 sisters...
Nadia’s Story

Nadia’s Story

Nadia* "We don’t lose hope and we don’t give up" ? Her eyes are closed. She is recalling the very worst day of her life. She flinches, takes a deep breath, then nods her head as the memories begin to play. She remembers the bullets, slamming into the ground...
Hana’s Story

Hana’s Story

Hana "I’m believing in God that good things will happen." ? I had four brothers and seven sisters. I was in school. I enjoyed it. My sisters were there with me, my cousins- all of my family. Life was good. It was at 3 am when we woke to the sound of gunshots and...
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