A man who fled the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul holds his marriage certificate issued by the Islamic State militants at temporary court at Khazer camp in Iraq, January 18, 2017. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad
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Bushra is one of thousands of Iraqis emerging from more than two years of Daesh (ISIS) rule to find themselves in legal limbo: Neither her marriage nor her son's birth certificate issued by the militants are recognized by the Iraqi government.As Iraqi forces retake territory from the militants, the state is working to reverse the bureaucratic legacy of Daesh, which subjected millions to its rule after seizing large parts of Iraq during the summer of 2014 .Divorces pose a particular challenge as Iraqi law demands that both wife and husband be present to terminate a marriage.Before his death can be recognized by the Iraqi authorities, she must take the case to another court that deals with terrorism cases in a different city, but people staying in the camp are not permitted to leave for now.Some people converting their documents in the makeshift court had initially tried to skirt Daesh's bureaucracy but ended up having to comply.Fearful of being discovered himself, Abu al-Abbas said he then went to a Daesh court where a judge tested his knowledge of Islam before signing off on the marriage.
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