Robin Hammond/IDRC/Panos Pictures

Al-Shahama, Tikrit, Iraq

29 year old housewife and widow NS (name withheld) from the village of Al-Athah, in the district of Shirqat, in the Salahudin governate of Iraq. Her husband joined the so-called Islamic State (IS) because he was afraid they would hurt his family otherwise, she claims, and, she has been told, he was killed in an air strike. She has also been told that he was killed by IS for refusing to fight against the Iraqi Army. Along with her four children she was forced to leave her home by a tribal PMU (Popular Mobilisation Unit - a local tribal uprising against IS) and the Iraqi Army after their village was retaken from IS. The PMU and Iraqi army claim they were moved away from the village for their own safety, to protect them from villagers returning home who were hostile towards families who had members of IS in them. They have been in Al-Shahama camp since January 2017. She says her story is indicative of the experience of many of the women in the camp.

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Robin Hammond/IDRC/Panos Pictures
Al-Shahama, Tikrit
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31.75 x 42.33 cm (300 dpi)
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