Zahida Fathi sat on a military-issued cot, rocking back and forth and repeating the names of the dead — her husband and six of her children, killed when a car bomb exploded near their home as they were trying to flee clashes between Iraqi forces and Islamic State fighters in the city of Mosul.
“They all died, they all died,” she said, her right hand and arm bandaged with a dressing. “They just kept burning in the flames. … Muhammad, Ahmed, Neshwan, Majid, Ali, Raghat, their father.”
Fathi, her daughter Dalal and son Mahmood were the only ones to survive the blast on Sunday. Dalal, nine years old, has burns all along her right side. Dressed in pink pajamas, her face was still covered in soot, strands of her hair singed from the blast.
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