Some Malaysians, now living in the al-Hol displacement camp after leaving ISIL-territory, want to return home [Issam Abdallah/Reuters]

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – When bombs started falling around her in the ISIL-controlled territory in Syria, Lidia decided it was time to leave. For the first time in more than four years, the 29-year-old Malaysian longed to return home.

The Mandarin-speaking medical lab technician disappeared from the Southeast Asian nation with her infant son and husband in October 2014 to travel secretly to Syria.

Two weeks ago, she sent a text message to her father in the southern state of

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