From Resort to Refugee Camp: The Harsh Reality of War

For nearly 20 years, Spanish-American photojournalist Moises Saman has traveled the world documenting some of the worst that humanity has both endured and inflicted. From conflict in Afghanistan to the earthquake in Haiti, Saman’s lens captures the humanity behind the headlines.

In February, he joined the ICRC team in Iraq and traveled through Anbar and Salahaddin provinces. Among the places he visited was Lake Habbaniya — once a deluxe resort for well-heeled Iraqis on holiday, now a defacto squat with 4,000 families living in a crumbling six-story hotel. He also visited with people who had recently returned to their villages after having fled the violence, and what they found in its wake.

"In my opinion, the Iraqi people have stopped believing that things will get better. And I understand why."

Click here for the full interview capturing Saman's impressions about working in Iraq for over a decade, and what he saw during his last visit.