Horror of life in ISIS ‘capital’

Suleiman locked his front door for the last time and slipped the key into his pocket — though he knew he’d never need it again. He took one last look at his home then shepherded his family into the darkness.

Humming neighborhood generators pierced the still air. The stars illuminated the surrounding landscape and their path to freedom from Raqqa, Syria — ISIS’s de facto capital city.

A smuggler had agreed to take the family of five across the border to Turkey for less than $500 — still a lot of money for someone living on $150 a month.

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