The condemned women are among 560 foreign wives of IS fighters in Iraq. With the women in detention are 900 children. The fathers are all dead, missing or are captured accused militants.

Illustration showing a woman wearing a niqab inside a cage in an Iraqi courtroom in front of a judge.


I brainstormed, sketched and created an editorial illustration for this courtroom story where cameras weren’t allowed. I combined opposing perspectives of the wooden defendant’s cage and the judge’s bench to create a somewhat disorienting composition.