A lineage of displacement haunts Khaled. His parents emigrated from Palestine to Iraq. He was born in Baghdad and lived there until sectarian violence overwhelmed the city. Then he moved to Ramadi, which was overrun by ISIS.
The year he resettled in an IDP camp, his wife gave him a guitar to celebrate their ninth anniversary. She wrote “I <3 U” and his initials in red pen near the sound hole. This is the 36-year-old’s third guitar; he left the first one behind when fleeing Baghdad, and the second when departing Ramadi. But what he misses the most are the article clippings and photographs of him from his professional soccer days.
He doesn’t play soccer now. Instead, he uses his computer science degree to teach computer programs to children in the camp. He wants to emigrate to the United States, where some of his family members live.