Behind a rusty black gate in the rough-edged Shaab neighborhood of Baghdad, a home echoes with sobs as relatives mourn two children drowned as their family tried to get to Europe.
The mother, Zainab Abbas, is pale and exhausted from weeping.
"No one told us not to go," she says.
Everyone knew she and her husband were poor and, amid Iraq's dismal security and economy, thought their best hope was to try to get smugglers to take them to Greece.
The smugglers "are liars," she says. "They take money and send people to their deaths."