Father Nageeb’s ‘Hotel’

The ongoing conflict with ISIS, combined with the resulting refugee crisis and reduced business activity, has put tremendous strain on the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The economic boom which until 2014 seemed to be turning Erbil into the next Dubai has come to a sudden end. Throughout the city stand half-built luxury apartments, offices and hotels.

Father Nageeb, a Dominican priest, has converted one of these buildings, standing by a half-completed ring road on the outskirts of Erbil, into a vertical camp housing Christian families.