A short film by Ali Arkady / VII Mentor Program.

Thousands of children have lost their parents in Iraq’s last bloody past, but many are cared for by an extended family.

These children are people who are forgotten, with no families.

Ali Arkady spent nine months with 33 children in a safe house for some of the most neglected Iraqis. Very vulnerable, and very sensitive to their outside world, since then, he thinks of them every day and wishes them luck.

The Safe House team keeps children busy with classes, sports, and recreation. They live in the shadow of war. Baghdad itself is not safe anymore because of the continuing explosions.

As they got older, some children found government jobs or married. But for many of them, the safe house is all they have.