MOSUL — After the city of Mosul was pronounced liberated from the Islamic State (IS), the IDPs began to return home and rebuild their ruined lives but the relatives of the IS extremists are being threatened with retaliation if they return to their areas.
Many of those IS families are held tightly in filthy encampment east of Mosul where the last people to be displaced from the city were taken, the Express reported on Monday.
“Leaflets threatening militants' families have appeared in areas retaken from ISIS and there are reports of vigilantes hurling grenades at their homes,” the source said.
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.”
Nineveh authorities in Mosul recently issued a decree to exile all IS families to the camps outside the city for ‘ideological rehabilitation’.
However, the human rights groups slammed collective punishment, arguing that it undermines the prospects for reconciliation and risks fostering a generation of ostracized outcasts with no stake in the country.
One aid worker told the Express “If we isolate them, how will we bring them back into the fold of the nation? They will become Daesh,” using the Arabic acronym for IS.
Some women insist they have been wrongly labelled as IS widows, the source added.
Mosul city was declared free on July 10, 2017 after nine months of fighting which has left the majority of the city in ruins with its infrastructure completely dismantled.