“What’s your name?”

“I don’t know.”

“Where is your father?”

“My father died.”

“Where?”

“He died…”

These are testimonies of children from Fallujah, who had escaped ISIS just hours before. They are traumatized and shell-shocked, often unable to answer the most basic questions about themselves or their families.

In this video, they talk about life under ISIS: “[They] wouldn’t let us go out and play.”

They describe the dire living conditions in the camps: “We have no oil, nothing to cook food. We have no food to eat today.”

They wear the pain and trauma of war on their faces.

“Every war is a war against children.”

—Eglantyne Jebb

This week, we are sharing rough, raw stories from the camps around Fallujah. We chose not to “polish” them or “clean them up” before sharing, because we want you to experience the rawness of life in the camps, from the perspective of those who spend hours tailoring videos, selecting music, and trying to make them as appealing as possible, but not this week. This is about simply coming face-to-face with people right after they escaped ISIS terror in Fallujah.

Their stories and statements matter, and they are worthy of our love. Thank you for showing up in the desert with food and water to make sure they know that.

Stay tuned for more video from the camps.

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