>> Their husbands, sons, and brothers are dead. But the women and children Islamic State militants left behind are paying the price for their actions. Widows and children of the vanquished fighters are effectively imprisoned in this camp east of Mosul, where they live alongside other displaced people. Their future is uncertain as Islamic State rule in this part of Iraq comes to an end.
Husband offered the militants his skills as an engineer. He regretted it too late and is almost certainly dead.>>
> They wouldn't let anyone leave. If someone tried, they executed them, even if it was a blameless child. I haven't heard from him for two months now, and I don't know if he's buried under the rubble.
The women say they were powerless to stop husbands seduced by Islamic States vision of a caliphate. And suspicion surrounds them too. Residents who suffered three years of extreme violence under Islamic State militants don't want to live alongside their relatives. Leaflets threatening militants' families have appeared in retaken areas.
Vigilantes have thrown grenades at their homes. But officials and rights groups are calling for reconciliation. They fear such punishment risks creating a generation of outcasts with no stake in Iraq's future.