WEST MOSUL & ERBIL, IRAQ (2017)

 

Days after Mosul’s liberation from the Islamic State group (IS) in July 2017, Lutheran World Relief began serving thousands of people scarred, scared and longing for lives free of risk and repression.  At the same time in nearby Erbil, residents celebrate the upcoming independence referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan. 

Client: Lutheran World Relief


Photography

Young men and boys in West Mosul.  The group of children are living together after their families were killed by ISIS. 

Young men and boys in West Mosul.  The group of children are living together after their families were killed by ISIS. 

A member of an Iraqi partner organization surveys rubble in West Mosul.

A member of an Iraqi partner organization surveys rubble in West Mosul.

A young man and boy living in a group of children whose families were killed by ISIS.

A young man and boy living in a group of children whose families were killed by ISIS.

A woman's living space in West Mosul, Iraq.

A woman's living space in West Mosul, Iraq.

Victims of ISIS and the subsequent coalition bombing in West Mosul.

Victims of ISIS and the subsequent coalition bombing in West Mosul.

A damaged building near the center of West Mosul where ISIS would execute people by forcing them off the top of the building. 

A damaged building near the center of West Mosul where ISIS would execute people by forcing them off the top of the building. 

Women at the "I am Safe" community center in West Mosul.

Women at the "I am Safe" community center in West Mosul.

A parade through Erbil, Iraq ahead of the Kurdish independence referendum. 

A parade through Erbil, Iraq ahead of the Kurdish independence referendum. 

A parade through Erbil, Iraq ahead of the Kurdish independence referendum. 

A parade through Erbil, Iraq ahead of the Kurdish independence referendum. 

A young man speeds through Erbil, Iraq ahead of the Kurdish independence referendum. 

A young man speeds through Erbil, Iraq ahead of the Kurdish independence referendum. 

A woman poses next to the Iraqi Kurdistan flag in Eribl.

A woman poses next to the Iraqi Kurdistan flag in Eribl.