Ziad is a young man from Ninewa governorate, who witnessed the brutality of ISIL terrorism.
“When ISIL first arrived, they were nice. But it wasn’t long before they became horrible. They arrested my cousin who was a car mechanic because he refused to fix one of their cars.
They wouldn’t release him, they wouldn’t even negotiate with us! After several days ISIL hanged him. And for what? Not fixing a car.
My mom decided we had to leave and come to Haj Ali because many bombs hit close to our house when the Iraqi military and ISIL started to fight.
When we left, ISIL interrogated us because they suspected us of trying to escape, but my brother convinced them we weren’t. Once we made it to Haj Ali, we were transferred to Dibaga camp.”
IOM psychosocial teams met Ziad just after he had received news that his uncle had been executed by ISIL—a new grief to compound the already severe losses he and his family had gone through.
Ziad was very excited to start playing football, one of the activities organized by IOM as part of a program to work with young people to cope with bereavement, grief and stress.
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