Pakistan/Iraq: This Is Our Home
Since Saddam Hussein's regime fell, families like Shiler Kamal and Yunus Abdullah Mohammed are calling home wherever they can find shelter. The couple and their two children have returned to their hometown of Kirkuk and turned part of a former military facility that served as a weapons depot into a two-room home.
They walk a mile three times a day to get water. A wire was run to an electric post, supplying power for an old television, a ceiling fan and an air cooler. Their house does not have window, and the door is a wind-blown blanket. The couple live off the money they made selling the gold ring, necklace and bracelets that Mohammed gave Kamal at their wedding.
Around their home, there is the occasional rumble of exploding munitions from the former depot. Recently a child was killed by a mine. In the next week, if everything goes well, Kamal, 30, will give birth to the first child ever born in the neighborhood know as Barud Hana whose name means "gunpowder store."
Amid the hardships, the family faces the ire of Iraqi Arabs, who say Kurds are trying to pack Kirkuk to gain control of the oil-rich city.