Half a decade of brutal fighting against the group known as ISIS has dominated much of life in northern Iraq & Syria. The sectarian violence perpetrated by the group inflicted deep wounds and left a deadly trail that cut across religious, ethnic, tribal, and territorial lines. Their followers used mass-murder and weaponized rape throughout the cities and villages they controlled. These methods of war were an attempt to build a sadistic caliphate and realize their twisted version of a ‘pure’ Islam. ISIS sought to re-engineer society and religion, but as their vision has been systematically dismantled by a coalition of global and local allies, those who live in the region are left to rebuild their lives. Those that remain are fighting now, not with rifles and RPGs, but through a return to normalcy, through the pursuit of ambitions put on-hold, through the silent protest that is the embrace of art, history, culture, fashion, the richness of a diverse society, and so many other aspects of a free society.