Abbie Trayler-Smith

Tinah, nr Qayyarah, Iraq

Sheema Mohammed, 18, with her mother Rsliah Hussein, 51, in their tent in Tinah IDP camp. Rsliah describes the events that led them their taking refuge at the camp: 'We escaped from our village two months ago to avoid fighting between the army and ISIS. We lived under ISIS for two years. Now we can't go back because my son joined ISIS and the community don't want us there anymore. He was brainwashed by them and there was nothing I could do to stop him. I know I'm his mother but I had no control over him. I couldn't convince him not to join. When we went back to our village the army asked for our identities and told us to come back the next day. When we went back the next day they told us that they had checked and we were with ISIS so we can't go back anymore. They told us to go back to the camp. People in the village told the army not to let us back. They told them that our son had joined ISIS. Before all this happened there was a big family in our village who had three houses. When ISIS came they fought them and ISIS captured the elder of that family and killed him. The rest of the family fled and were displaced in Kirkuk. When the family heard that our village had been recaptured they came back and now they are taking revenge by not allowing the families who have joined ISIS to return. They are the ones telling the army not to let us back. Not everyone who stayed during the ISIS occupation is experiencing the same problem, just the families who had someone join ISIS. Some people joined ISIS because of hunger, some joined because of Jihad, they believed in the propaganda. I really hope we can go home soon, before it gets cold. We are suffering a lot here.'

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Abbie Trayler-Smith
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Tinah, nr Qayyarah
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Iraq
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