Whilst our prime reason to be in Al-Amir village was to meet and help the women of the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Co-Operative Society, in any way we could, it was the children of the village that stole our hearts!
Word seemed to spread quickly that we had arrived and whenever we came and went from the Co-Op , they would be waiting to say hello, ever ready to have their picture taken.
Al-Amir is a simple village. Stone houses dot the street, most with the ubiquitous satellite dish decorating their homes whilst builders sand and rubble provide a playground for the children. Washing was hanging out to dry and vegetables were picked and ready to be taken to market.
The village may be poor but the children are happy. Laughing and chatting amongst each other, I’m sure we provided a break to their day.
Most were only too happy to have their photo taken….
The boys were obviously having a lot of fun. Their smiles and laughter were infectious….
It would be lovely to think that when these children are older, some of the girls will be working in the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Co-Operative Society. For this reason, it has to survive.