Katrine raised her ten children alone after her husband died many years ago. Now in the later stages of her life, tragedy hit again when war forced her to leave her home in Iraq. Two of her sons were killed in the conflict, and her other children are now scattered around the world as refugees.
I am 80 years old and became a widow 24 years ago. I have ten children – five boys and five girls. We used to live in Iraq in a village close to Mosul, but when ISIS came we had to flee. We had to leave everything behind – we couldn’t even take a cup with us.
A Family Torn apart by War
My daughter and I traveled by plane to Jordan and we have lived together here as refugees for four and a half years now. My daughter helps me even though she struggles with a disability in her leg after an accident in Iraq. She used to be a teacher – but now we have no income and no health insurance.
A while ago I was granted a visa to go to the United States, but my daughter did not get a visa. So, I declined – how could I go without my daughter and leave her behind? Now we have both applied for the visa again, and we just have to sit and wait and hope for a positive response.
Even though my children are adults now I still worry about them and their problems. I long to be back in Iraq and have them around me. But instead my family is scattered all over the world as refugees in foreign countries. My children often call me and help me with the little they can send, but life is not easy.
“Our house and all of our belongings were destroyed, and two of my sons were killed by the terrorists. I was heartbroken.”
A Dream to be Reunited
I have great confidence in God that he will support us and open the doors for us so that we will one day be together again. Having Jesus in our lives is our help and strength. We have SAT-7 in Jordan, but my eyes are old and weak, so it is mainly my daughter who watches some of the Arabic programs.
I want to go back to Iraq, but it is not possible. Everything is destroyed. So now my dream as a mother is to go to the United States and live in safety with my sons and my grandsons. Then when I die, it will be in peace because I will have seen my children and grandchildren.