Asil (23) holding her 2 month old son Kamal.
Asil (23) is a widowed mother of four young children who arrived to Debaga camp two days ago. She is from Haji Ali, a village on the outskirts of Makhmour southeast of Mosul where she used to live with her husband and children.
When ISIS took over control of the Haji Ali village, they took Asil’s husband. She never saw him again, except on a photo sent to her by ISIS showing her husband dead with a bullet in his head.
“He never got to see his youngest son,” Asil says looking down at two month old baby Kamal. She was pregnant at the time her husband was abducted and killed. “But he [her husband] decided the name, he decided to call him Kamal, but he never got to see him”.
When Iraqi forces started launched the operation to take back Makhmour and the villages surrounding in early 2016, life had gotten very hard for Asil, now a widow caring for her four children alone.
“There was no more milk left for my children. I had to feed them water and sugar. That is why she looks so small,” Asil says and point to her two year old daughter Noor.
Asil is planning on leaving the camp and head to Kirkuk where she has family. She has no salary or money herself and is hoping that a family member can support her and her children until she can return home.
“My biggest wish is to put my children in school and see them grow up to a better life,” Asil says.
Photo: NRC/Becky Bakr Abdulla