Since extremists were pushed out of Mosul, Mohammed has not left his home. Although he never joined the Daesh group, he shares a name with one of its fighters and fears arrest.
Sami Al Faisal, who runs a human rights group, said he had recorded “about 2,500 people suffering from similar names” in Mosul and its surrounding province.
Personal ID cards in Iraq, like most Arab countries, carry a person’s first name, father’s name and grandfather’s name. But to determine a person’s surname and tribe, it’s often necessary to look into the area’s personal status records.