GETTYISIS widows sit outside their tent in the filthy Bartella camp
Displaced civilians are returning home to try to rebuild their shattered lives but those who suffered three years of violence and deprivation under ISIS have made it clear relatives of the barbaric extremists are not welcome in the city.
Many of them are effectively imprisoned in a filthy encampment east of Mosul where the last people to be displaced from the city have been taken.
Leaflets threatening militants' families have appeared in areas retaken from ISIS and there are reports of vigilantes hurling grenades at their homes.Related articles
GETTYChildren whose fathers were killed fighting for ISIS face a bleak future in Iraq
Ali Iskander, the head of the Bartella district where the camp is located, said: “Revenge is not a cure. These families should undergo rehabilitation courses.”
Local authorities in Mosul recently issued a decree exiling all ISIS families to the camps for ‘ideological rehabilitation’.
But rights groups say collective punishment undermines the prospects for reconciliation and risks fostering a generation of outcasts with no stake in Iraq.
One aid worker said: “If we isolate them, how will we bring them back into the fold of the nation? They will become Daesh.”
GETTYMosul was mostly reduced to rubble during eight months of brutal fighting