Ghanim and his family were living in Tel Keppe, near Mosul, when ISIS came and began threatening their way of life. Being a Christian is dangerous in itself these days. They decided to leave, first to Shargat, then Riiadh, before arriving in Kirkuk seven months ago.

Here, their story crosses with the one of Widad, a, Sunni Muslim from Nassaf. A widow and mother of three, she escaped the violence along with her family, including her mother and her sister’s three orphaned children, to seek shelter and a safer home.

In Kirkuk, a city troubled by the land dispute between the Iraqis and the Kurds, Ghanim and Widad live in the same house with their respective families. Sharing the same roof, despite their religious differences, these two families live in harmony.

This is a story about co-existence in a time of sectarian violence, an intimate journey in the daily life of two families: one Christian, the other Sunni. By sharing the same fate, their story shows that a better tomorrow is possible.

This project is part of Metrography’s collective effort to map the displacement inside Iraqi Kurdistan.

—Bnar Sardar


Editors’ Note: Metrography is Iraq’s first photography agency. This story forms just one small part of Metrography’s collective project ” A Map of Displacement,” which aims to dive into the lives of displaced Iraqis.

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