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GREECE-EUROPE-MIGRANTS
Lesbos
By Christian Minelli
13 Nov 2015

A woman from Syria embraces her son as refugees and migrants riding a dinghy reach the shores of the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on November 13, 2015.

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In exile: Iraqi women seek refuge
Bardarash, Dohuk, Rovia, Diyarbakir
By Arianna Pagani
24 Sep 2014

During the days of terror on Mount Sinjar, about 200 women were kidnapped by the militias of the Islamic State to be converted to Islam and sold in the occupied cities of Mosul and Tal Afar. This barbarism is not new to the chronicles of war.

The Islamic State's attack on Mount Sinjar led to the exodus of about 500,000 people, mostly from the Christian, Yazidi and Shabak minorities. These refugees, currently under the protection of the Kurdish militias, are living in the streets, under bridges or in abandoned places in Erbil and surrounding villages. Many of those who manage to escape the conflict have suffered losses in their family that effect them not only economically, but mentally and emotionally. Depression and anxiety in addition to insecurity are a constant challenge.

The UNHCR anticipated there to be over 900,000 internally displaced people in Iraq by the end of 2014. With the rise of ISIS, that number has been more than tripled, with 2.9 million displaced according to International Displacement Monitoring Center. The situation of internally displaced women, not only in Iraq but in conflict zones around the world, is especially precarious as the breakdown in social structures is a risk factor for gender-based violence. In their planning document for 2014, the UNHCR says it is ramping up its efforts to protect refugee and internally displaced women. However, agencies like the UNHCR as well as local associations can only care for and provide aid to so many displaced people, leaving others to fend for themselves.

The condition of the women and children displaced in Iraq is tragic: not only from a material point of view, but also from a psychological and ethical perspective. While talking with them, the elderly were crying because they don't see a future for their land, culture or traditions and were continuously asking, "What did we do wrong to deserve to be killed?" The women were mostly passive, trapped between emotions, tears, the inability to react, “deafened by pain and suffering.” They seemed to understand that as time passes by, the hope of returning to a normal and fair life fades away.

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Churches and Christian Real Estate Se...
By TTM Contributor 18
24 Jul 2014

Following an ultimatum issued by ISIS, there was a Christian exodus from Mosul. The houses and churches they left behind have been seized by Sunni extremists. ISIS has locked the doors and put signs of Islamic State ownership on the buildings left by the Christians.

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Finding Sanctuary in Gaza
Gaza
By Alison Baskerville
15 Jul 2014

Following a warning from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), over 600 people evacuated their homes in the north of Gaza and have taken refuge in a UN School. Many fled few possessions and the school is now concerned that they will run out of water and supplies. "I don't know how much longer we will be able to go on in this situation," commented Abdil Sawan, the UN representative within the school.

The UN now estimates that 17,000 people have now left their homes.

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Iraq: Qaraqosh's Christians in Limbo
Erbil
By Arianna Pagani
24 Jun 2014

After bombings in Qaraqosh, the Iraqi government has decided to evacuate the entire town. About 5,000 families have taken refuge in the city of Erbil, where schools and sports centers have been made available by local volunteers and aid organizations.

A major city for Christians in Iraq, Qaraqosh fell to ISIS shortly after the latter's conquest of Mosul. Residents of Qaraqosh were reportedly terrorized by ISIS, who took Sharia law into their own hands, lashing one man for selling cigarettes, and killing several women found guilty of adultery. The city later suffered heavy bombardment during fighting between ISIS fighters and the Kurdish Peshmerga forces.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
21 Jun 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. Cambodian families who fled Thailand are waiting in immigration police vehicles. About 200 000 Cambodian migrant workers have fled the country over the last week. The Thai military junta has denied that it is forcing Cambodians to leave.

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Thousands of Cambodian Workers Flee T...
By George Nickels
20 Jun 2014

About 200,000 migrant workers from Cambodia have fled Thailand over the last week, amid rumors of violent crackdown on illegal workers in the country. Thailand’s military junta said it would tighten restrictions on migrant employment to prevent illegal workers, forced labor and human trafficking. Cambodian migrant workers are a key component of the work force in Thai industries including construction, fishing and agriculture.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. An unconscious child with heatstroke receives treatment in a Cambodian Red Cross ambulance in the Thai-Cambodia border town of Poipet.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. An unconscious child, suffering from heat stroke, receives treatment in a Cambodian Red Cross ambulance in the Thai-Cambodia border town of Poipet.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. Cambodian armed forces hold signs to direct returning Cambodian nationals to their home provinces.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. Cambodians wait in trucks in the Thai-Cambodia border town of Poipet. Hundreds of thousands of them fled Thailand amid rumors of a violent crackdown on illegal workers. Many of them left the country on the back of military trucks with very little ventilation or open top trailers with no protective cover.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. A child looks outs of a truck carrying the Cambodian migrant workers that are fleeing Thailand.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. A child looks outs of a truck carrying the Cambodian migrant workers that are fleeing Thailand.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. Cambodians wait in trucks in the Thai-Cambodia border town of Poipet. Hundreds of thousands of them fled Thailand amid rumors of a violent crackdown on illegal workers. Many of them left the country on the back of military trucks with very little ventilation or open top trailers with no protective cover.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. A child in an immigration police truck in the Thai-Cambodia border town of Poipet. Poipet, Cambodia. Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians fled Thailand amid rumors of a violent crackdown on illegal workers. Many of them left the country on the back of military trucks with very little ventilation or open top trailers with no protective cover.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. A child in an immigration police truck in the Thai-Cambodia border town of Poipet. Poipet, Cambodia. Hundreds of thousands of Cambodians fled Thailand amid rumors of a violent crackdown on illegal workers. Many of them left the country on the back of military trucks with very little ventilation or open top trailers with no protective cover.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. A child looks out of a truck carrying Cambodian migrant workers fleeing Thailand.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. A young girl carries a baby in the Thai-Cambodia border town of Poipet. Cambodian labourers are a major component of the work force in Thai industries including construction, fishing, and agriculture. Hundreds of thousands fled Thailand over the last week amid rumors of violent arrests and deportation of illegal foreign workers.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. Cambodian military personnel help families to retrieve their baggage. On arrival, the workers are warned to protect their precious belongings against thieves who have been taking advantage of the chaotic situation.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. Cambodian families wait in the back of the police immigration vehicles, as they attempt to flee Thailand.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. Cambodian families wait in the back of the police immigration vehicles, as they attempt to flee Thailand.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. Soldiers help Cambodian families get out of the immigration vehicles as they arrive at the Thai-Cambodia border town of Poipet.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. Cambodian families get out of the immigration vehicles as they arrive at the Thai-Cambodia border town of Poipet.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. Cambodian families, fleeing Thailand, wait in immigration police vehicles. About 200,000 Cambodian migrants fled the country in the last week. The Thai military junta deny that it forced the Cambodians to leave.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. A child in a Thai immigration police vehicle.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. Cambodian families get out of Thai immigration police vehicles as they arrive at the Thai-Cambodia border town of Poipet.

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Poipet
By George Nickels
20 May 2014

Poipet, Cambodia. Cambodian families get out of Thai immigration police vehicles as they arrive at the Thai-Cambodia border town of Poipet.