Gabriella Bianchi/MSF
Enas, 8 year old, is sitting with her mother in the waiting area of the new clinic in Abu Graib that MSF started in January 2016. “We’ve moved here over a year now and I took Enas a few times to the old clinic for flu, says her mother Ghiada. We come to the clinic because it is free and doctors are good. Elsewhere we would be paying at least 50.000 IQD for a private consultation and we cannot afford that.
Enas is the last of 7 children but Ghiada, 32, is pregnant again. She has come for a check up: “It was a surprise and I don’t want any more children after this one. The doctor explain about family planning and once I give birth I will certainly use contraception”.
Ghiada is an IDP from Heet in Anbar, a governorate now under ISIS control and one of the main areas of origin of displaced people.
“We first moved to Ramadi where we stayed 4 months. But living conditions were too hard, the family of 9 was sharing space with another 5 families; a total of 45 people were living under the same roof. The security was also bad in Ramadi
So we moved to Abu Ghraib were we had some relatives close by; my brother lives in America and sometimes he helps us. I had to sell most of my jewellery to do the place up, to insulate the roof but also to help pay the 150.000 IQD per month. I have 7 children and my husband who is a daily worker cannot find work here. He used to be a policeman back in Heet. We feared for his life and we had to flee. ISIS took everything, they occupied my home, took my care even my cell phone, we left with the clothes we were wearing.
I miss everything of my previous life, my city, my neighbourhood, the relationships I had with family and friends. Now I don’t even know if my house is still standing.