The empty rooms of the orphanage echo with muffled sounds, that bounce off their yellowish walls. The few remaining children are all upstairs, gathered together in the same toy room. There are only ten of them left, barefoot on discolored carpets. The others were sent to their relatives’ homes in Iraq because the state employees have not been paid since months, and maintaining the orphanages is no longer possible.
The frontline is just a hundred kilometers from Suleimania, a city on the border with Iran. Besides the orphanage children, even the peshmerga fighting the Isis are affected by the crisis that has frozen the existence of nearly five million people. Violence, however, is not enough to stop the corruption of the political class, exacerbated by the war, the oil price at a historical low, and the tug of war over the funds with the central government in Baghdad.