> I made the mistake of telling them my husband had been a victim of terrorism. I made a mistake, so they me and broke my teeth. Then they took me to a house.>> One word to an Islamic State fighter was all it took to set in motion events that left this woman trembling, even after escaping their rule in Mosul.
A widowed mother, she was being considered for a pension. Instead, she says, the fighters told her she was now their slave.>> They hit me and tortured me. They would hit me using chains.>> Her story cannot be verified. But as Iraqi forces push deeper into the city, it reflects many other chilling accounts from its residents as their neighborhoods are liberated.
Reuters Stephen Kalin met her and other displaced women at a camp just east of the front line.>> She told us she was raped multiple times, possibly by multiple members of Islamic State. She was tied up and blindfolded. She tried to escape a few times, and was tortured for that.
Eventually they let her go. And about two months after being released, she realized that she was pregnant.>> In her culture, bearing a child outside of marriage carries problems. An Iraqi man proposed to marry her. He too was later recruited by IS. Eventually, Iraqi forces reached their neighborhood, arresting him.
Another story, a child of only 13 years forced by her father into marriage to a 17 year old fighter in an apparent attempt to protect her.>> He would threaten her, threaten her family if she tried to escape. His brothers would sexually harass her. Two powerful stories for women who have escaped and are slowly making a recovery.
>> Two people of many in this camp. They have no plans to return to Mosul after the war. Most still too afraid to speak out.