Leaving the caliphate: The struggle of one Isis bride to get home

“No, Abu Bakr, leave it alone!” A woman shouts at her five-year-old son as he reaches out to pet a chicken that is penned into the corner of the warm, filthy room by jerry cans filled with water.

Curly haired Abu Bakr ends up being roughly pulled away by his mother, 20-year-old Lebanese Nour al-Huda.

The eldest of four – soon to be five, as Nour is pregnant – scowls but does as he’s told. He’s nicknamed for the leader of Isis, Nour explains, before reflecting on the reason the chicken is there.

“I am going home in two days,” she says, clearly delighted. “Maybe we’ll have the chicken to celebrate.”

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