In January 2018, filmmakers from the studio NowHere Media travelled to Fallujah, Iraq, with the objective of creating a virtual reality (VR) experience to explain how improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are impacting people’s safe return home. In just a few days, they met dozens of people, all of whom had stories to tell. And then they met Ahmaeid—an Iraqi father who had returned home with his family about a year earlier. Ahmaied told them about the tragic accident that had happened just a few months prior when his two older sons entered a neighbor's home to collect wood and set off an IED. Both young men lost their lives in the explosion. Working with a translator from the region and a local crew, and with Ahmaied’s permission, NowHere Media and the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining (GICHD) created the immersive VR experience “Home After War” to tell his story.



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