Bartella (Agenzia Fides) - After the conquest of Mosul, Iraqi security forces have transferred at least 170 families with members considered to be affiliated to the self-proclaimed Islamic State (Daesh) to a "Rehabilitation Camp". The camp was set up at in the village of Bartella, in the area of Nineveh Plain where the Christian communities were concentrated before being forced to flee from the jihadist offensive in summer 2014.
Already on June 19, the district council of Mosul had set up camps where families suspected of being linked to jihadist militiamen had to undergo ideological and psychological rehabilitation programs in order to be reintegrated into the social fabric
The camp of Bartella, 14 kilometers east of Mosul, was opened on 9 July. According to Human Rights Watch reports, the thorough search and deportation of family members of suspected jihadists were characterized by abuses and violence, in a kind of collective punishment that makes no distinction between true adherents to Daesh's ideology and those who simply subjected themselves to the "new order" imposed in the territories conquered by the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
The camp set up in Bartella can accommodate up to 2800 families. According to the testimony of humanitarian workers who managed to visit the camp, so far it has welcomed almost exclusively women, children, including many teenagers without parents. The structure is equipped with a health center, but at the moment there are no psychological and educational services for minors and their mothers.
Bartella, known as a center of traditional settlement of the Syro-Orthodox Christian community, was regained from the control of Daesh in October 216, and also the Protection Units of the Nineveh Plain, a local compound militia composed of many indigenous Christians contributes to the security of the territory. (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 18/7/2017)