ISIS Drives Palestinian Refugee in Iraq Into New Exile

Ibrahim Mahmoud is encamped far from his home of Mosul, just like he was after fleeing Haifa on the back of a truck in 1948.

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This Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 photo shows Ibrahim Mahmoud standing in Baharka refugee camp in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region. At the age of 9, during the 1948 Israeli-Arab war he fled his native Haifa with his family to Iraq and he hasn't left ever since. The now 76 year-old never got rid of the refugee status. The last city he lived in was Mosul, until it got taken by the Islamic State group. Ibrahim and his family fled again, this time to the Northern Kurdish region of Iraq.
Ibrahim Mahmoud standing in Baharka refugee camp in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region, Jan. 11, 2016.Credit: AP
Bram Janssen

As far as I can remember I have been living in Iraq. But I don't feel I'm in my homeland.

Palestinian refugees leaving a village near Haifa, June 1948.
Palestinian refugees leaving a village near Haifa, June 1948. Credit: Corbis
Palestinians at Baharka refugee camp grow Molokhia, the main ingredient in a popular Palestinian dish not found in Iraq.Credit: Abed al Qaisi
Displaced Iraqi children, who fled from ISIS violence in Mosul, sit on the ground, on the outskirts of Najaf, south of Baghdad June 24, 2015.Credit: Reuters
An Islamic State fighter holds an ISIS flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, Iraq, in a June 23, 2014.
An Islamic State fighter holds an ISIS flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul, Iraq, in a June 23, 2014.Credit: Reuters

I saw people being beheaded in the streets. What kind of life is that?

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