Lauren is The GroundTruth Project's inaugural Middle East correspondent, based in Istanbul. Previously, she was a columnist for Foreign Policy magazine. She’s the co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted, a start-up incubator and fellowship program dedicated to changing the ratio and getting more...
Four women and girls who escaped ISIS rule are now living in Khazer Camp in Iraq. (Lauren Bohn/GroundTruth)On Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the defeat of ISIS in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city which the group seized three years ago. Last winter, our Middle East correspondent and editor-at-large Lauren Bohn spent weeks just outside of the city, interviewing Iraqi girls and women who had escaped years of ISIS rule. We’ll be sharing their stories this week.
Khazer Camp in northern Iraq's desert throbs with horror stories — unthinkable tales of brutality and loss. When I reported there last winter, one older Iraqi woman told me to be sure to leave before dusk fell. "No," she said, staring blankly at me. "Because at night, the ghosts of our old lives will come, and no one can stand that heartbreak." On July 10, Iraq's Prime Minister declared "total victory" in Mosul and congratulated his troops on liberating the city from the so-called Islamic State.
In a run-down maze of slums with electrical wires and laundry tangled across Cairo's mustard sky, Umm Mohammed, 55, put her hands to her face and fell silently to her knees when she heard the news. An Egyptian court sentenced ex-President Hosni Mubarak to life in prison for his complicity in the killing of about 850 protesters during last year's uprising. Once the equivalent of a modern-day pharaoh, the 84-year-old Mubarak is the first Arab ruler to be brought to court by his own people.
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