Starving Iraqis risk all to flee IS's crumbling rule

May 30, 2016 7:45 AM

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Starving Iraqis risk all to flee IS's crumbling rule

Eight hands stretch towards the aluminium plate -- it's the first meal of rice this Iraqi family who just escaped jihadist rule in the Fallujah area has had in two years.

"We had been dreaming of this. I wasn't sure rice existed anymore, so when we saw this plate, we couldn't believe it," said the elderly woman with traditional tattoos on her face.

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