The war means waiting and distressing uncertainty for thousands of people. The war in Iraq has lasted too long. The waiting and the fear have become normalcy. You are waiting for - waiting for the answers which you are afraid of. Your wait continues day after day. In Northern Iraq, close to Mosul, in a Christian town called Qaraqosh soldiers are waiting for Christmas. They have been clearing the streets for the festive season. It is, at least, something to wait for they say. In Hasan Sham, a refugee camp 30 kilometres from Mosul, people are waiting for messages from the front.