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In August 2014, the Islamic State captured a number of Iraqi Christian towns in the area surrounding Mosul, among them Karakosh, the largest Iraqi city with a Christian majority. Most of its 50,000 inhabitants fled within a couple of hours on August and left most of their belongings behind. Today, more than 100,000 of the already shrinking population of Iraqi Christians have become internally displaced persons (IDPs) or fled to other countries. While most of the IDPs have found refuge in Ankawa, the Christian quarter of Erbil and two large refugee camps near the city of Dohuk, a small monastery in Sulaimaniya opened its doors for more than 200 refugees who have now been living in this very crowded place for more than half a year. A single Swiss monk takes care of them.
Sulaimaniyah, alongside other cities in Iraq, has a large second hand market inside the Bazaar. Clothes, furniture and electronics can all be found in separate areas of the market. The clothes are usually donated in Europe, North America and Korea, and sold on through a series of intermediary companies until they reach markets in the developing world. Donors are often unaware that their donations are being traded for profit rather than going to charity.
Traders in Sulaimaniyah second-hand market buy clothes by the kilo for prices ranging from $1.50 per kilo for unsorted bales to $5 per kilo for a bale of sorted items. Prices in the bazaar vary according to quality and the trader but typically a t-shirt will cost around $3 and a jacket $10-$20.
A man looks at shoes for sale in the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.
A shirt signed with farewell and good luck messages on sale in the second hand clothes market in Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.