Stories From Fallujah: A Grandmother's Escape

"We struggled under a shower of bullets, bombs, rockets, machine guns. ISIS shot at us from a car."

Can you imagine your grandmother saying that? Can you imagine your grandmother showing you the burned holes in her clothing where shrapnel from a rocket hit her home? Or the scars on the child she cradles?

This is life on the run from ISIS. Going hungry for months at a time. Moving from place to place. “There’s no place I haven’t been,” she says. “We are tired.”


This week, we are sharing rough, raw stories from the camps around Fallujah. We chose not to "polish" them or "clean them up" before sharing, because we want you to experience the rawness of life in the camps, from the perspective of those who  spend hours tailoring videos, selecting music, and trying to make them as appealing as possible, but not this week. This is about simply coming face-to-face with people right after they escaped ISIS terror in Fallujah.

Their stories and statements matter, and they are worthy of our love. Thank you for showing up in the desert with food and water to make sure they know that.

Go here to watch the first video, in which several displaced children tell their story of esacping ISIS. And stay tuned tomorrow for the third video. 

Help us continue to care for children traumatized by war and stranded in the desert.

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About Matthew Willingham

Matt Willingham is Preemptive Love's Senior Field Editor and writes primarily on politics, history, general updates and visual peacemaking through photography and film.

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Stories From Fallujah: A Grandmother's Escape
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