Maryam and Odisho
Odisho and his granddaughter Maryam are visiting Dream City for the first time.
They are Assyrian Christians from Mosul. Until the fall of Saddam Hussein the Assyrians, like other religious minorities, lived peacefully in the predominantly Muslim Iraqi society. But since the beginning of the Iraq war they have faced a high rate of persecution by fundamentalist islamists. 'Maryam can't play outside in Mosul, there is violence everyday,' says Odisho. Churches are blown up, priests are murdered, and neighbourhoods are purged. Many Assyrians have fled Mosul, but Odisho refuses to leave his hometown. 'We have lived in Mosul for centuries, nobody will chase us from our birthground.'