Rial is 35 years old and an Iraqi Christian. She finally escaped her home in Mosul with her extended family of 21, including her five children, in September last year. Her family fell victim to an anti-Christian backlash that followed the downfall of Saddam Hussain’s regime.
She says:”We received threats, envelopes nailed to our door with notes inside saying ‘go away or die.’ We knew other people who had these envelopes who refused to react to them and then were killed.”
How did she know she was being targeted because she was Christian? “Only the Christians got them that’s why. We owned the bakery and made French bread and cakes. Everyone knew who were we were. One day we got home and there was an envelope on the door. We knew we had to leave.”