This is a story about co-existence in a time of sectarian violence, a rare thing these days.
Ghanim Hormoz Gorgis and his family were living in Tel Keppe, a town in northern Iraq, when ISIS took control of the nearby city of Mosul. Being a Christian in the region has been dangerous for years; the encroach of ISIS has made it all the more so. He decided to leave with his wife and three children to Shargat first, then Riiadh, before arriving in the Kurdish city of Kirkuk seven months ago.
Here, Ghanim’s story of displacement crosses the one of Widad Fadhil, a Sunni Muslim from Nasaf, a small town west of Baghdad. A widow and mother of three, Widad ran away from the violence with her children, her mother and her sister’s three orphans, seeking a safer future.