‘We Lived Like Animals’ Under IS Rule in Fallujah

65E148B9-9116-4989-B0C3-2D6B299A2268_cx0_cy8_cw0_w640_h360{ VOA NEWS / BAGHDAD} — Families escaping the fighting in the Iraqi city of Fallujah said Islamic State was forcing them out of their homes and moving them from house to house in the crossfire.

“We tried going back to our house, but when we saw lots of other families fleeing, we joined them,” said one woman who gave her name as Suad.

“I was carrying my 2-year-old daughter, Hana, as I ran barefoot to reach the other families,” Suad told the Norwegian Refugee Council.

According to the NRC, which is providing aid to the refugees, Suad, her husband Ali and their six children, finally made it to the al-Iraq camp some 30 kilometers from Fallujah on May 25.

Iraqi forces, backed by coalition airstrikes and Shi’ite militias, have ringed most of Fallujah. Counter terrorism units were said to have entered the city on Monday. READ MORE OF THIS STORY


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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.