The clown stumbles among the rubble that still make up the houses of the war-torn people in the middle of the narrow alleyways of the old-town neighborhood of Mosul. Followed by the rest of the neighborhood’s children, sometimes the children are laughing at his acrobatics and sometimes weeping when they hear the stories of the people in those areas.
It was a beautiful show, which was followed by children with interest by Omar Adel, a young twenty-year-old boy studying at the Faculty of Fine Arts after having landed in Mosul with his colleagues from the team “Baghdad Circus” to give them the character of the sad Italian clown who tells the stories.
Mohammed Bashaar is a child who screams at the top of his voice, “Uncle the clown”, dragging his big red shoes to sit next to him as if he had won a grand prize. As did many of the children who followed the character that aroused their curiosity among the rubble and surrounded him and the clown tells them events and laughs wit them sometimes and make them look at the faces of some of them. Some of the faces glee and cry at other times.
Mohammed, who did not exceed the age of eleven, lost his father with a hand grenade thrown by a member of Daesh ISIS groups while trying to get water from the well quenching his family thirst during the liberation process. Hetried to clean his clothes from the dust of the rubble before sitting and smile filled his face as it is the first time he sees a real clown.
“I have not been happy for a long time and today I feel very happy. I was watching the clown on television and today he came to us himself,” he says innocently.
Over the rubble of Omar’s house, which killed him and his family when one of the members of the ISIS group blew himself up about a year and a half ago. The children sat with their clown, at that moment they were feeling the lives of the children of Omar who were lost by death.
“The laughter of the children is equal to the whole world. I hope the children of Mosul laugh so much that they wipe the pain out of their memory. I feel happy when I see the sparkle in their eyes, that spark that combines joy and sadness,” said Omar Muqaddam, who is trying to fix his red nose and hair. In many moments I was filled with joy for their happiness and I grieved for their grievances”.
“The trip of hope is an initiative by the team called “Baghdad Circus “, which was founded in 2016 within the circus teams and the world, says circus official Dr. Qais Al-QaraLucy that” Iraq does not have a circus tent for this work as a mobile circus between the provinces began in Baghdad and today we are in Mosul and we will be in Dhi Qar After a few days, children need laughter and smiles after wars and harsh conditions”. He said.