31 Mar '17, 2pm

Ghosts of Mosul violence stalk Iraq's children who fled the battle for the city

Ghosts of Mosul violence stalk Iraq's children who fled the battle for the city

The children proudly wield donated plastic water bottles like freshly dug nuggets of treasure, smiling despite the fear and death and destruction they have faced in their ruined city. With the impetuousness that only children can muster, they forget for a moment the hell they've endured in Mosul. "We had a big house, but Daesh bombed and burned it," says 10-year-old Nora, her undersized frame draped in a hand-me-down dress with a black, Peter Pan collar. "They destroyed us." She is among thousands of children whose young lives have been torn apart by a vast military operation to recapture Iraq's second city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, known locally by the Arabic acronym "Daesh". She sits in a tent with other displaced children at a refugee camp 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of Mosul, quietly scrawling a pencil drawing of a bright pink heart. That's far enough to...

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