Rahman, Ali and Safi are members of Happy Family Clowns group, established in 2004 to put smiles on the faces of Iraqi children.
A few months ago the group started receiving death threats warning them against continuing their show, entitled A Child is as Scared as a Country.
But the clowns kept going, until two members of the troupe were murdered.
This was enough to drive the surviving three to leave Iraq.
“We don’t know why they targeted us. We were entertaining children,” says Rahman.