In northeastern Syria, prisons and detention camps hold thousands of men, women and children whose lives are in limbo nearly a year after the final defeat of Islamic State to which they once belonged.
Most women approached by Reuters for an interview declined and some were verbally hostile.
One who agreed to talk did not give her name, but spoke in broken English and said she was originally from Hong Kong before coming to the Middle East to join Islamic State.
"I have one child and my husband died in Baghouz," she said, flanked by her toddler son. The town of Baghouz, Islamic State's last enclave in eastern Syria, fell to U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in spring last year.
The woman said she was in touch with her family in Hong Kong but did not want to return.
"I know here the situation is very difficult. This is not home, it's just a tent ... but we all live to (the wishes of) Allah, so God-willing, all is good."
PHOTO EDITING GABRIELLE FONSECA JOHNSON; WRITING MIKE COLLETT-WHITE; LAYOUT BY JULIA DALR