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Thousands of Iraqi families bear the burden of ISIS legacy

Updated : April 24, 2019 12:46 PM IST

Thousands of Iraqi families face crushing social and legal discrimination because of the choices their male relatives made under the Islamic State group’s rule. Registrars refuse to register their births, marriages or divorces; schools won’t let their children enroll. They’ve been disowned by relatives and abandoned by the state.

Nour Ahmed, who says her husband was snatched by unknown assailants two years ago, displays her marriage document, issued by the Islamic State group, at a legal clinic supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, in west Mosul. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Nour Ahmed, who says her husband was snatched by unknown assailants two years ago, displays her marriage document, issued by the Islamic State group, at a legal clinic supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, in west Mosul. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
A widow of Islamic State group militant, Muthanna Hussein, who was killed fighting Iraqi security forces, displays her husband's death certificate, issued by IS, at a legal clinic supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, in west Mosul. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
A widow of Islamic State group militant, Muthanna Hussein, who was killed fighting Iraqi security forces, displays her husband's death certificate, issued by IS, at a legal clinic supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, in west Mosul. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
A mother of a missing man listens to an attorney at a legal clinic supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, in west Mosul. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
A mother of a missing man listens to an attorney at a legal clinic supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, in west Mosul. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Women wait for legal advice in a legal clinic supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, in west Mosul. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Women wait for legal advice in a legal clinic supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, in west Mosul. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
A widow of an Islamic State group militant trains at a sewing workshop supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, in west Mosul. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
A widow of an Islamic State group militant trains at a sewing workshop supported by the Norwegian Refugee Council, in west Mosul. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)
Um Yusuf, a widow of an Islamic State group militant, and her daughter make bread to sell, in Mosul. (AP Photo/Farid Abdulwahed)
Um Yusuf, a widow of an Islamic State group militant, and her daughter make bread to sell, in Mosul. (AP Photo/Farid Abdulwahed)
Um Yusuf and her children have lunch, in Mosul. (AP Photo/Farid Abdulwahed)
Um Yusuf and her children have lunch, in Mosul. (AP Photo/Farid Abdulwahed)
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