My latest story on women and girls recently liberated from ISIS in Mosul, out now in the August issue of @glamourmag .
Pictured here, cousins Hojran Adnan Mohammed, 16 (blue, left) and Miami Faris Mohammed, 18 (pink, center) along with their family members wave to their friends on the rooftop next door ten days after their neighborhood of Samoud in West Mosul was liberated by the Iraqi military from ISIS; March 14, 2017. Until their liberation for nearly three years Hojran and Miami were not allowed to wear any colorful clothing or their traditional Arab clothes, but instead were forced to wear all black, quit school and stay mostly in their homes out of fear for their safety. With the recent liberation, Moslawi women and families are now starting to put the pieces of their lives back together.
Text from the story (written by me) - "Miami and Hojran spent their days inside—going out could mean being confronted by militants. 'They can cut your head off if you do anything wrong,' Hojran said. And this was no exaggeration: I learned of many families whose relatives were beheaded for breaking ISIS’s rules, like owning a cell phone. But when the cousins did leave the house, they would often lift the black veil that concealed their eyes if they thought they were safe from militants and the Hisbah, the ISIS religious police. 'If I got scared,' Miami said, 'Hojran would tell me, ‘ISIS won’t do anything to you; they can go to hell.’ The more we spoke, the more I realized how courageous these girls are. It’s uncommon for teenage girls in Iraq to speak their minds freely.”
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