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    When ISIS swept across Iraq in August 2014 on a mission of systematic annihilation against Christians & other religious minorities, chaos ensued. People were forced to flee their homes instantly. Clothing, toys, photos &, for some, the memories of happier days that these keepsakes represented–all had to be left behind when the people of Batnaya & Telskuf bolted for safety. The loss of material things represent the loss of normalcy & how their lives can be taken from them in a matter of minutes.
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    This portrait of a space left behind by people who had no choice but to flee their home is heartbreaking. I love how you framed the empty closet next to the framed photograph that had to be left behind. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    Kristen McNicholas
    Associate Photo Editor, Nat Geo Your Shot
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    Date Taken: Sep 20, 2017
    Date Uploaded: Aug 26, 2018
    Focal Length: 70 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/20 sec
    Aperture: f/11
    ISO: 800
    Copyright: © Jeremy Lock
    Categories: People, Places, Portraits
    Assignments: Rethinking Portraiture