Mosul was a very different city before ISIS took control two years ago.

Voices from Mosul: 'We want life back to normal'

Updated 1436 GMT (2236 HKT) October 19, 2016

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Irbil, Iraq (CNN)Iraqi-led forces are pushing decisively toward the Iraqi city of Mosul, soon to become a "street-to-street" battleground in the bloody fight against ISIS.

But the people of Mosul have largely been cut off from the world since the militant group seized the city in June 2014 -- mobile phones are banned and being seen with one can result in medieval-style punishment.
Many are scared to stay as the offensive nears the city, but they are equally scared to run, with no clear safe way out.
More than 1 million residents still trapped in Mosul. Six of them bravely spoke to CNN.
Their names have been changed for their safety.