Kainoa Little is a Shoreline, Washington-based conflict photographer who was in Mosul in April and May 2017, documenting Iraqi forces as they fought Islamic State militants to liberate the city.

Kainoa explains that "I tried and failed to find newspapers and wire services who would purchase my photos. But the soldiers had fed me and given me a seat in their Humvees, and the refugees had tolerated my presence on some of the worst days of their lives. They very rightly expected that I would tell their story."

So here is their story.

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