George H.W. Bush in 1971
George H.W. Bush in 1971.Leonard McCombe—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images
George H.W. Bush in 1971
George H.W. Bush and nephew at home in 1971.
George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara at home in 1971.
George H.W. Bush and family at home in 1971.
George H.W. Bush and family at home in 1971. Left-Right: Nephew Billy, daughter Dorothy, George H.W., son Neil, wife Barbara, nephew Jon.
George H.W. Bush at a baseball game in 1971.
George H.W. Bush at a baseball game in 1971.
George H.W. Bush at a baseball game with son Marvin in 1971.
George H.W. Bush at a baseball game with son Marvin in 1971.
George H.W. Bush at a baseball game with son Marvin in 1971.
George H.W. Bush at home in 1971.
George H.W. Bush with daughter Dorothy at home in 1971.
George H.W. Bush with daughter Dorothy at home in 1971.
George H.W. Bush with daughter Dorothy at home in 1971.
George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara on a plane in 1971.
George H.W. Bush in 1971.
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One Refugee's Life in Diplomatic Limbo

May 04, 2016

Qanie Nazari has no country. The 24-year-old man was born in a refugee camp in Anbar, Iraq, after his family fled Iran to escape political persecution. Now, Nazari lives in Denmark, to which he immigrated in 2013 in the hopes of a new life – one that would bring a sense of identity for the stateless man.

Instead, Nazari traded one camp for another, as Denmark now prepares for his deportation.

Metal band in KirkukFamily Pictures: Left: Anbar, Iraq -- Qanie and his sister "Shno" at the Barika camp in Sulaimaniyah Iraqi Kurdistan, Qanie center. Right: Qanie's parents with a relative.  

Hawre Khalid, a Kurdish photographer, felt a connection with Nazari. “I was only four when my family, terrified of Saddam Hussein’s regime, immigrated into Iran,” he tells TIME. “I know how it feels when you don’t have a country.”

Nazari lived in the Sandholm Asylum Center for refugees in Denmark for three years, though he has now been transferred to another camp to await his deportation. He was not allowed to work, says Khalid, but received monthly benefits from the Danish government. “He does not have any friends, does not go out very often," the photographer says. "He hardly sleeps or eat, and spends most of his time smoking and drinking tea that other people in the camp buy for him.” Denmark has asked both Iraq and Iran to take him back, but neither country recognizes him as a citizen – condemning Nazari to live in a diplomatic limbo.

Khalid is under no illusion that his photographs will help Nazari, but he hopes they can put a face on the current humanitarian crisis. “There shouldn’t be people without country," he says, "and without the right to live somewhere."

Hawre Khalid is a documentary photographer based in Iraq.

Alice Gabriner, who edited this photo essay, is TIME's International Photo Editor.

Olivier Laurent is the editor of TIME LightBox. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @olivierclaurent

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