Iraq: «IS wives» speak out for first time in hidden Iraqi camp

Journalist (Russian): «And you wanted to leave?» Woman (Russian): «Of course... Who would want to live there?» Journalist (Russian): «How old is she?» Woman (Russian): «Maryam is three». Journalist (Russian): «Were you held by force?» Woman (Russian): «No, I came here willingly, but I didn't want to stay. I wanted to go back — but I couldn't. I saw the fighting, the war, it hit me... Еще psychologically». Journalist (Russian): «You didn't know what you were getting into?» Woman (Russian): «I didn't know». Wives of self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS, ISIL) fighters spoke out about their experiences from a hidden camp set up by the Iraqi government to house displaced wives and children of suspected IS fighters, in exclusive footage captured Monday. The camp, which can accommodate up to 1,400 people, was set up after the liberation of IS stronghold Tal Afar. «Most women here came with their husbands. We didn't come here to fight, or to kill. We came here to live», said one of the women in the camp. «I want to go back to Ukraine from Islamic State,” another woman at the camp said, adding «I came here willingly, but I didn't want to stay. I wanted to go back — but I couldn't. I saw the fighting, the war, it hit me psychologically». The location and identities of those in the UN-run camp have not been disclosed for security reasons. However, the majority of the women and children are believed to have come from Turkey, with many coming from Russia and other former Soviet States. There are also families from Europe, Africa, China and America. Aid groups, including the UN, are working to establish the identities of everyone in the camp, since many no longer have their documents. However, the courts in Iraq and the inhabitants’ respective countries of origin will decide on how to deal the IS families.
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