Over 2,000 wives and children of militants from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) live in a refugee camp controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Roj, Al-Hasakah Governate in the north-east of Syria, as seen in footage from August 1.
The camp started to accept its first internally displaced persons (IDPs) in 2015. Currently, it is also home to family members of IS militants from Europe, eastern Asia, northern Africa and Syria.
Despite living under constant SDF supervision, some of the refugees would rather stay in the camp than go back to their homeland.
One of the camp residents, Dua Ibrahim, moved to Syria's Raqqa from Egypt in 2014 with her husband, who worked for "IS administration."
"I want to face trial in this country, which can take me, not in Egypt. I do not want to go back to Egypt," she said.
Cassandra, a widow of an IS militant, said her husband had "frequently threatened me that if I returned to my home country, he would have appealed to religious [Muslim] police. Because of my fear I stayed in Raqqa, and I had nothing to do but wait for the Kurds."
The women and their children are to stay in the camp until Kurdish authorities decide whether they should be expelled to their home countries and prosecuted there or face trial in Syria.