Suzan’s Story, Iraq

Suzan models her wedding dress and veil which she has rented for her big day. Photo by Robinson/UNHCR/2014.

Suzan, 20, models her wedding dress and veil which she has rented for her big day. Photo by Robinson/UNHCR/2014.

 

 

I was living a happy life as a student when the fighting and the bombing forced my parents, my brother and I to leave our home town of Qamishli, in Syria. In August of last year we took a car to the border and walked into Iraq. We came by truck to the camp in Qushtapa and were given a tent and other items. At the beginning it was hard and boring to live here, but we are getting used to it and we are happy to be away from the conflict.

I have been lucky and am working with a NGO as a Community Hygiene Promoter in the camp. It was through this job that I met my fiancé, who is also a refugee, and we are getting married today. I will use the money I make to support us. We aren’t making too many plans for the future because we don’t want to have a baby in a refugee camp. We miss our friends and family in Syria and if the war ended today we would go back home tomorrow.


1 family torn apart by war is too many

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