“There’s not enough food for everyone,” Adla says. “We’re not able to buy things because we have no money.”
The conversation is conducted through a translator. When he steps away for a moment to take a telephone call, Adla, her sisters and several other girls who have gathered around, immediately start plucking at their shirts. When the translator returns, he explains what they’re trying to say.
“They have no clothes,” he said. “They came very quickly and didn’t bring anything. No clothes, no money, no food, nothing. They’ve been wearing the same clothes for a month.”
The school year is due to start soon in Kawergosk, and, for Adla it is the key to a better present, as well as a better future.
“I like school very much, because I want to help my father and mother,” she says, wiping tears from her eyes.
Quickly recovering her composure, Adla says her family is very grateful for the warm welcome her family has received in Iraq. And, although things are hard now, she knows that they will not always be this way.
“Someday I would like to be president of Iraq,” she says with a shy smile.
Nergiz, Baherka refugee camp
16 September 2013 – Nergiz Ibrahim, 29, has a composed demeanor and speaks English precisely – the result of an English degree from the University of Damascus.