They sleep on mattresses crawling with bugs in tents without air-conditioning. There is no escape and they live in fear of revenge attacks.
Such is the lot of the foreign wives of ISIS fighters, and their children, who are being held in a desert camp in Iraq at a secret location.
Now, footage has emerged in which they vent their frustration, and their longing to go home.
'Most here came with their husbands. We didn't come here to fight or to kill. We came here to live,' one woman says in the video, taken by a reporter from RT.
Around 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State fighters are being held at a secret location in the Iraq desert
However, not all new arrivals at the camp feel the same way, as one of those being held explains: 'When we came here, one of the women with us blew herself up. The soldiers started shooting...'
Another whose jidahi husband had been killed says: 'I want to go home. I'm here by accident. I really want to go home. Please get me out of here.'
The Iraqi authorities are holding 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State fighters after government forces expelled the jihadist group from one of its last