AL-HOL CAMP, SYRIA — “İ pray my children will follow their father’s path,” said Intesar Mohammed, surrounded by three of her four children in a muddy, trash-strewn tent in northern Syria.
Her husband was an Islamic State militant who was killed in 2018. Her fourth child is being held by security forces, accused of being a militant himself.
Internationally-backed Syrian forces are in the throws of what they believe is their last battle to take back IS territories in Syria, declaring on Sunday that IS’s window of time to surrender has expired.
But as the fight continues, the humanitarian crisis is growing, as tens of thousands of IS wives, widows and children struggle to survive in harsh, unprepared camps.
More than 12,000 people have evacuated the last battle zone of Baghuz in recent days, raising the population of the al-Hol camp to 65,000 people — far more than it was prepared to receive.
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