With beats booming in the Hassan Sham camp near Mosul, displaced Iraqi children are dancing away their troubles.
It’s a new years celebration that organizers hope can lift spirits for those affected by months of fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State.
As children were entertained, some adults expressed hope for peace and stability.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DISPLACED IRAQI MAN, ABU HAKIM, SAYING:
“There has been pain, explosions, things that one finds hard to explain and talk about. We hope that God will protect these people, the children and the innocent, and save them from this destruction.”
Residents came here with few belongings.
Aid shortages have plagued the camp often.
And with winter here, life has become even more of a struggle, especially for…