Images captured July 12 2017
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On July 9th, 14km east of Mosul , an IDP camp was opened by the Nineveh authorities in Bartalla. This camp was the first of it’s kind - referred to as a”rehabilitation camp”. Iraqi security forces had forcibly relocated at least 170 families there after a directive issued by Mosul’s district council had stated that families with alleged ties to the Islamic State (ISIS) should be sent to camps “to receive psychological and ideological rehabilitation, after which they will be reintegrated into society if they prove responsive to the rehabilitation program.”
According to interviews conducted by Human Rights Watch and from brief conversations I was able to have with people in the camp, they were being held by Iraqi police against their will because of the accusations of relatives linked to ISIS. It seemed that none had been accused of any wrong doing themselves, though it was unclear when they would be allowed to leave. One Iraqi policeman in the camp said to me “I don’t know why we are helping these people. They are Daesh.”
A Human Rights Watch report from July 13th stated: "International law requires that punishment for crimes only be imposed on people responsible for the crimes, after a fair trial to determine individual guilt. Imposing collective punishments on families, villages, or communities violates the laws of war and amounts to a war crime."
One of the camp's young residents shows injuries he sustained before he was forcibly relocated to the Baterlla camp. With only two doctors working out of a mobile clinic, many injuries and illnesses go untreated.