In Syria I was a tailor with a good job. In 2013 ISIS killed my relative, I lost my job and became frightened for my family and how we would survive. When ISIS controlled my city of Hassaka I took my family out and came to Iraqi Kurdistan. My name is Mahmood Abdulhamid Said Mustafa, I am 37 years old and have three daughters, two sons and my wife is Tarfa.
Bring Hope met Mahmood at Darashakran Refugee Camp located in the Khabat District of Erbil, Iraqi, Kurdistan on 10 July 2017. There are 12,442 refugees here, all from Syria. Ashna Jamal Gardi is the camp manager who told Bring Hope the Kurdistan Regional Government provided most of the things the camp needed, but still more is needed from humanitarian agencies to help refugees have an easier life. This camp received new arrivals from Khobane in October 2014, most were Kurdish from Qamishli.
Mahmood and his family have lived here for four years. He told us most of the things are provided but they need more food and medicine. “There are just a few doctors”, he said, “so we need more doctors to come to this camp.” Because he was a tailor in Syria, he found a place working in Zhin Sewing Center inside the camp, he says, “I am doing my best to provide a better life for my family.” He hopes his children will one day be able to attend school and go on to college.