Walk through Syria’s al-Hawl camp where thousands of Islamic State brides are held | Four Corners
Four Corners takes you inside the al-Hawl refugee camp in north-east Syria, home to at least 72,000 people – many of them women and children who were members of Islamic State.
The sprawling camp, controlled by the Syrian Defence Forces (SDF), is filthy and heavy rains have turned it to a morass of mud, dotted with filthy rain water, litter and human waste.
Infectious illnesses are rampant and many of the inhabitants are suffering not only from the long-term effects of starvation but also from dysentery and the skin disease, leishmaniasis, as well as a shocking list of wounds and injuries caused by the grinding Syrian civil war.
Some of the women have formed an unofficial Islamic State mafia, that police the camp and beat and harass women who don’t wear the niqab or do things considered un-Islamic by ISIS.
There are more than 10,000 foreigners in al-Hawl, including women from Europe, Asia, Russia, the US, Australia and dozens of other nations.
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