Children of Terror Left Behind in Iraq

MOSUL & HAJ ALI CAMP, IRAQ — Both of Maya’s parents were Islamic State suicide bombers. Her four siblings were among their victims.

Plump, smiling and younger than two years old, Maya may never know anything of her past. “Maya” is not her real name.

“She was skin and bones when we got her,” says Sukaina Mohammed, director of the Department of Women and Children in the Nineveh province of Iraq, in the Mosul orphanage where Maya now lives.

“That baby had six broken ribs when she arrived,” she adds, pointing to another toddler standing in one of the white cribs lining the room.