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Meet the woman who picked up the pen under ISIL’s sword

Florian Neuhof writes for The National:

She was busy learning about dental fillings, crowns and bridges when the fighters of ISIL swept into Mosul and turned her life upside down.

A daily routine of university study was swapped for life indoors, a self-imposed retreat to shut out the dire reality of the caliphate declared by Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi in the northern Iraq city's famous Al Nouri mosque, not far from her home.

Hadeel was desperate for an escape, and she found it in her passion for writing.

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