Archive for November 12th, 2014


Starting Over: A Nun, a Wedding Singer and a Pair of Self-described Nerds Seek Refuge in Northern Iraq

A Syrian singer’s songbook, a Turkmen calligrapher’s ink, a Palestinian Iraqi’s lucky lighter, a Yazidi teenager’s Taylor Swift album. These are a civil war’s survivors and the things they carried.’

Sister Luma, a nun of the Dominican Order, fled when ISIS advanced on her hometown, Qaraqosh. She sought shelter in a convent in Ainkawa, Iraqi Kurdistan. UNHCR/L.Bohn

By Lauren Bohn*, November 2014 — Throughout Iraq, more than 1.9 million people have been displaced by recent violence. The country’s semi-autonomous Kurdish region is now hosting more than 850,000 displaced Iraqis, in addition to more than 225,000 Syrian refugees.
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