DUHOK, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) - Fathi is a resident from Mosul's Old City who saw a US $43 loan from his neighbor turn him into an amputee because of the Islamic State (IS).
On Saturday, Kurdistan24 Correspondent Ari Hussein found one of the victims of the jihadist group in the Nergizli camp, located in Duhok's Shekhan town in the Kurdistan Region.
Fathi is from the Old City of Mosul and fled the IS stronghold with his family two months ago. He explained the story behind the amputation of his hand, carried out by IS, while dejectedly complaining about the injustice he faced under the jihadists' rule in Mosul.
Fathi borrowed IQD 50,000 from his next door neighbor and friend to buy milk and cover other needs for his children. The loan, however, quickly became an affliction.
"A month later, my friend asked me to repay the loan, but I didn't have enough money. He went to Da'esh [IS] and registered a complaint against me," Fathi told Kurdistan24.
Since Fathi did not have enough money at the time to repay the loan, his case was transferred to an IS court in Mosul.
"They [IS] asked me to swear allegiance to Da'esh instead of paying the loan, but I refused," he said. "IS decided to charge me with a one million Iraqi dinars [$845] fine."
Fathi noted that he managed to collect the enormous sum of money by borrowing from his relatives, but that IS nevertheless decided to amputate him.
"They took the one million dinars and jailed me for a month and a half," he added.
According to him, he begged IS not to amputate his hand, pleading on behalf of his children. Ultimately, he was unable to convince them.
Fathi is now a disabled man and wonders where he can go ask for justice.
Fathi's story is among thousand of other stories that people experienced under IS' cruel rule in northern Iraq.
Editing by G.H. Renaud