The story at the al-Hol displacement camp in Syria is becoming worst than a nightmare. As the Islamic State Rule came to an end in the northwestern part of Syria, the misplaced ideology of inhabitants within the displacement camps is becoming a matter of concern.
Having lived under the caliphate more than 20,000 women and as many more children have been victims to radicalization at the camp.
Strangely these many civilians are guarded by 400 U.S.-supported Kurdish troops but this armed personnel does not know who to protect and from whom.
Many within the camp are not allowed to speak out from their naqab and threatened of dire consequences.
The wives of many of the ISIS men who have been held captive are also being victimized, physically assaulted and even mutilated for some or the pretext of impious conduct.
There is evidently, anger, violence, and reports of fanatic actions, where some of these women have reportedly attacked guards with kitchen knives hidden in their voluminous hijabs.
Some Kurdish officials have said that “There are many types of people here, but some of them were princesses among ISIS. There are spaces inside the camp that are like an academy for them now.”
It seems that through the U.S.-led coalition fighting ISIS, the SDF is showing an inability to provide more than “minimal security” at the camp. This fear has lead to the flow of an ‘uncontrolled’ spread of the ISIS ideology at the camp.
The children are the worst affected. Most kids that were born in these camps have no access to basic education. Their mothers, out of hatred and disgust of what might have come off their men, have given makeshift toy guns for children to pass their time with.
Further, there is compartmentalization within the camp walls itself. Residents are segregated by nationality. Most sections house Syrians and Iraqis, while more than 9,000 others – among them, the camp’s most radical inhabitants – are penned behind chain-link fences in a sun-bleached and closely guarded patch known as the “Annexe.” It is home to Arabs, Asians, Africans, and Europeans, among others. Guards watch in horror as nighttime turns into a bloody battle where some win and many lose their lives.