OIL AND BLOOD

Last August Zaidoon and his family fled from their home on the outskirts of the city of Sinjar when ISIS militants launched their genocidal campaign against the Yezidi population. Along with thousands of their fellow Yezidis, the family escaped from the jihadists by climbing Mt. Sinjar which lies to the north of the city. They ran for eight days through the blistering summer heat and until they reached the security of the Kurdish Region of Iraq. There they found work and refuge in an oil refinery on the outskirts of the city of Sulaimaniyah. Today the family live in a shipping container a few dozen yards away from the refinery where the young men of the family work with no safety equipment. Zaidoon is planning to smuggle his family into Germany, but as he waits to save enough money to pay the smugglers, the family continues to live in deplorable conditions exposed twenty-four hours a day to dangerous chemical pollutants.