LALQIAWA, Iraq – A few days ago, I was sitting at my desk, watching a video on TV and a friend called out, “You’re in a lalaqiya, you have to have a laliqiya.”
LALQIYA, Iraq’s oldest city, was once one of the most thriving of Iraq’s Sunni Arab towns, but has since fallen to Islamic State fighters.
The city is now home to hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people and is the only city left in Iraq under a U.S.-backed plan to liberate it.
Lalqiawa’s residents are in desperate need of food, shelter and medical attention.
My friend, a man in his early 60s, said he could barely stand and had been bedridden for weeks.
His name is Hassan.
“When I was a child, my father told me that if I had a job, I would go and work here and work,” he told me.
Hassan said he would go to the market in the evening to buy food for his children.
“My brothers, I work with them to buy and cook food.
It’s not a job but a service to my family.”
Hassaman, like many people here, has had no opportunity to see his son graduate high school.
“I had no choice but to work,” Hassan said.
It is not an easy life.
One day, my friend’s father told him that if he had a lalineqiya and a few other things, his son could go and study in a school in the nearby town of Arbil.
“I said I will go to Arbil to get his education.
But the man told me: You have to go to a village in the area,” Hassan recalled.
He told me his father then began to curse him.
“If I went to Arbalan, I wouldn’t have my children.
After a few months, Hassan’s family was able to return to LALA and the children went to school there. “
Hassam’s brother, a schoolteacher, was born in LALI, so he went to the village of Baha to learn.
After a few months, Hassan’s family was able to return to LALA and the children went to school there.
But Hassan has not seen his son since his graduation in August 2015.
As we spoke, I asked Hassan how he managed to survive.
What did he do to survive?”
When the war began, we were not allowed to eat in the market.
But I bought a few things and put them in my pocket, so I was able.
Then I started eating.
I was lucky because my brothers and sisters were starving.
They all ate in one meal.
They were eating together, so we didn’t have to worry about hunger.
We were so scared that people would find us and kill us.
“Hajji, a mother of five, is a nurse and the wife of an Iraqi soldier.
She said her husband and children had been killed in the fighting in the city.”
Haji’s brother was killed along with his father. “
Then the car drove by and he was killed.”
Haji’s brother was killed along with his father.
Their mother, Hajji’s sister, lost her son.
Today, she and her family are living in the village in Baha, where she works as a nurse.
She said the village is full of displaced people, and that she is worried about the fate of her family.
Isis has been fighting for control of the city for months, and the government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is desperate to retake it.
Abadi has repeatedly said the city’s liberation will take years.
But in his speech announcing the plan, he said he will not give up until the fighting is over.
So far, the Iraqi military has held back only after its fighters managed to storm a border post and cut the border off.
Many displaced people are living under heavy conditions in makeshift tents in the mountains.
There is a shortage of fuel, and even the police and army are suffering from shortages of food and water.
When I asked him how many lalqiya he could survive, Hassan said, “I can’t say.”
“I can go back to my village.
I am not a criminal.
But what I want is to go back,” he said.
The U.N. Human Rights Council has recommended the U.K.-led international coalition to retake Mosul.
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