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Selling fruit for work and dressing like an English gentleman for leisure

Adnan, who earns his money selling fruit in the centre of Erbil, is really into dressing sharp. In his free time he likes to go shopping, pose in a suit, tie and pocket square, and upload his shots on social media. There has been a movement of guys dressing like…

Working at Saddam Hussein’s former mountain palace

These two old Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers were stationed to guard the ruins of Saddam Hussein’s former mountain palace in Northern Iraq in May 2017. While younger Peshmerga were fighting the new threat, radical Islamism in the guise of ISIS, they kept watch on their deceased Iraqi foe’s old hideout. They…

Yazidi refugees finding shelter in an abandoned swimming pool

This old lady and kid are part of several Yazidi refugee families who found refuge in the changing rooms of an old swimming pool in the small town of Sarsink. They had managed to flee from ISIS who had conquered their native Sinjar in the summer of 2014. The rather…