DAQUQ, Iraq — On a bare stage with only two chairs and a table , Samahir Farhan portrayed before 300 people the sense of helplessness and hopelessness that refugees feel. It was easy for her to play the role and the audience to empathize: They all are refugees.
“Our problems have become too many — we cannot bear it anymore,” Farhan said during one performance at a refugee camp near Kirkuk in northern Iraq, “We are tired of all this. It’s been an entire year in this camp.”
Farhan, 20, is among nearly 7,500 people residing in United Nations-operated Daquq Camp, most of them forced to flee the town of Hawija 30 miles away because of fighting between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State, or ISIS.
About 3.3 million Iraqis live in camps inside the country and another 2.5 million are living elsewhere because of the fighting, according to the U.N.
Conditions are brutal. The refugees live in tents or containers that are sweltering in the desert summer and freezing in the winter. They have access only to basic medical services, job prospects and schooling opportunities are scarce, and they are barred from leaving the camps. Most have little to do — or look forward to.
Refugees here said they felt ignored in their misery, which is what inspired the creation of the Daquq Theater Group.Their role model was Brazilian director and Nobel Peace Prize nominee…