My name is Burhan Khidhair and I am 47-years-old. I am from Shahrban District, Diyala province but I work in Khanaqin district. My job is to clean the streets of the city.
In 2014, Daesh (ISIS) militants attacked our village in the Sinsil area of Shahrban district. With my wife and five children, I left our village in fear of being killed, and moved to Khanaqin where we settled in a camp.
During that period, I was appointed at a contract-base as cleaner by a garbahe-collection company with a monthly salary of 300,000 dinars (USD200). I work all week days except for Friday.
My work is not easy because I work with one hand, but I strive to provide a livelihood for my children.
After the decision to close the camps, we returned to our village, but our house was completely destroyed. I was in need for some money to rebuild the house so I got some loans but did not get any help from the government.
Currently my family lives there, but I am staying here in Khanaqin so as not to lose my job.
I haven't received my salary for two and a half months as the company is arguing that it has not received its dues from the government, but I am doing my duty and tirelessly keeping the streets of Khanaqin clean.