Najwa is an Kurdish-Iraqi mother from Mosul. After ISIS occupied her city and killed her Arab-Syrian husband for his “illegitimate” marriage to a Kurd, she fled Iraq with her three sons, two of whom have severe disabilities. They spent more than a year surviving on the streets of Istanbul, before gathering enough money to pay smugglers to come to Greece. I met them on Lesbos island in early 2017. They’ve since moved to Athens, but they’re still hoping for the chance to go to another European country to get better healthcare for two of the boys who desperately need it.
I made this short video on the family for friends who run the website shakomako.net.