Fallujah's escapees mourn loss of friends and family

  • 12/06/2016

As Iraqi forces push further into the city of Fallujah, tens of thousands of residents who fled Islamic State (IS) control there have found safety in nearby camps.

However, many are mourning loved ones who didn't make it out.

Crowds swarmed every aid truck that arrived, desperate for food and water, medical attention and even blocks of ice -- relief from the temperatures soaring to nearly 40degC.

But they're safe in the camp, away from the IS militants who took control of Fallujah two years ago.

Abboud Hussein Ali said the fight to take it back had become so intense he had to take his young family and make a run for it.

They set off at night, dodging the bullets of IS snipers. He said he really thought they were going to die but had to run -- and duck.

Like so many others, they crossed the Euphrates River in a frantic escape.  

Ten-year-old Amanee said she loved her "beautiful" home before IS, or Daesh. She was too afraid to say what life was like after they came, but said she hated it.

Around 20,000 people have arrived in the camp since the fight for Fallujah began, with more arriving by the day. But with each day that passes, concern grows for those who didn't make it.

Camilla Aswad Awad broke down when she said one of her sons had been killed and two more are missing.

And while her family is safe for now, Amanee said she's worried about the school friends she left behind, and the long wait that's ahead until the fight for their city is over.

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