Living Memory


In the midst of her family, Wadkha, 40, holds eight-month-old baby Alamas. The young girl’s name means “diamond.”

Young Alamas is named for Wadkha’s older daughter who was killed by a mortar shell as the family fled attacks near their home in Iraq. They are members of the persecuted Yazidi ethnic and religious group.

Having fled an insurgent takeover, they now huddle in a shelter for displaced people Dohuk in the Kurdish Region of Iraq. Seven of them sleep in a single room.

They have been in the camp for more than a year. Wadkha is still haunted by their fearful escape.

“We were put under house arrest one month. We escaped, hid for seven days. [It] took one month and three days to get here. We went through Syria first before reaching Kurdistan.”

Daily life is hard for Wadkha. “When I make bread, I think of my daughter and weep,” she says.  “I do not want to go back to Sinjar. I cannot go back because of the pain of my daughter’s death.”

Photo© 2015 World Vision, Steve Jeter



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