The U.S.-backed Iraqi offensive to oust Islamic State from Mosul forced Um Youssef to flee her home in the city's historic quarter but, despite the government's declaration of victory this week, she is in no rush to return.
The 27-year-old mother of five says she and her husband are waiting for the situation to stabilize, and they have no plans to leave their tent in a U.N. camp east of Mosul until they are convinced it is safe to go home.
"To return now when we don't feel at ease, we won't do it. I just want security," she said on Thursday, surrounded by her young children. "I don't want sectarianism like before. I want something better than before, not to repeat the past."