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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

The days become monotonous, as the women constantly prepare meals, clean dishes and wash clothes. The rest of the time the mind is free to worry about what might still happen and get lost in the melancholy of a sectarian war in progress.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Many Yazidi mothers have lost their children on the way to escape from Mount Sinjar during the advance of the Islamic State militia in the plain of Nineveh, but life must go on in spite of the constant pain and the uncertainty of their future.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

After two hundred Yazidi women were kidnapped and converted to Islam to be sold by IS militants, the Yazidi community worries that it can happen again, visible scars on the community of the women who were persecuted.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Arsalam, 38, is the father of 5 children, including two newborn twins. His family comes from Bashiqua and hosts 24 people in 2 rooms of their hotel. Insecurity is always present on the faces of the guests who do not feel at home, even though they are certainly better off than those refugees who are forced to stay on the streets.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
20 Aug 2014

Duhok is estimated to host between 200 and 300 thousand refugees. Aid by the international community is slow to arrive, so local volunteers do their best to care for refugees. Women gather in front of an ambulance to have their children examined by doctors and receive treatment.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Diyarbakir, Turkey
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Inside one of the schools occupied by refugees, volunteers from a local association manage to bring aid to women and children. They ask women of the community every day for a list of products they need. Women collect lunches brought by the municipality and men distribute them to the entire community.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

After attacks by the Islamic State on Mount Sinjar which is located between the north east of Iraq and Syria, minorities have tried to reach places of safety both in northern Iraq and in Turkey. About 120 thousand people managed to escape with the help of Syrian Kurds (YPG) and the air support of the United States.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

A mother of three cares for a daughter who suffers from Down syndrome. She has many fears and many anxieties about the future, abandoning her old life, and how best to care for her daughter.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

A Yazidi woman prepares water inside a tub to wash the younger children. Harsh conditions make caring for children difficult.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Refugee women and girls cooperate to best manage day to day life, sharing duties and caring for the younger children.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Bardarash, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

In this makeshift refuge, the little ones spend most of their hours stretched out on the floor in the corridors or in empty classrooms of the school.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

A Yazidi woman walked for days to escape from Mount Sinjar and the threat of the militia of the Islamic State. When she arrived in Duhok, she gave birth to a son with the help of older women in the community. The child is at risk due to high temperatures, the shortage of medicines and an unhygienic place to live.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Duhok, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Yazidi refugees take shelter in a garage building. A woman, aided by her sons, tends to their makeshift house inside the garage.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Aid from local associations has not been enough to support the Shabak community living in Rovia's mosque. A woman needs to move for the night between the cars parked outside.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Recognized as an ethnic minority in 1952, the Shabak are now on the run from the militias of the Islamic State. They have already experienced persecution in the past, notably by the regime of Saddam Hussein. 70 families of them take refuge in this mosque from their latest threat.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

A Shabak man is sick, lying on a rug while a woman tends to him, as the public hospital can only be reached in the morning. During the day, temperatures reach around 45 degrees.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

An elderly woman prepares to cook dinner, shielding the fire with wooden panels. Inside the mosque there is no pavement, making hygiene a challenge.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Bardarash, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Bardarash, 30 km from Mosul, has a Muslim majority. Here, the municipality helped Shabak families take shelter in schools. Young Shabak girls prepare food in one of the classrooms, temporarily used as a kitchen.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

In the tiny village of Rovia a few miles from Mosul, a city currently under control of the Islamic State, the Shabak community has found refuge in a mosque under construction. Inside the community, the proportion of children to adults is very high. The adults hope to spare their children from the psychological trauma of war.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Lalish, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

The temple Lalish is situated to the north of Mosul. It is a place of pilgrimage and an important sanctuary for Yazidis. After IS captured Bashiqua and other nearby villages, many people have sought refuge at the temple monitored by Peshmerga fighters who control the entire district of Sherkan. The Yazidi community has opened its doors to refugees allowing them to settle down within the sacred place, aided by NGOs providing tents and relief supplies.

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Flee, protect and resist: Iraqi women...
Rovia, Iraq
By Arianna Pagani
19 Aug 2014

Shabak women are preparing for the evening meal in a mosque along the road that leads to Mosul. With only moonlight available, people who sleep outside must cook, eat, and wash quickly.

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Kurds Watch TV News
Erbil
By Jawdat Ahmed
13 Aug 2014

Erbil, Iraq
August 13, 2014

Iraqi Kurds at outdoor restaurants in the Iscan Bazaar in Erbil watch television news coverage of the conflict with the Islamic State militia in northern Iraq.

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Papal Emissary Visits Erbil
Erbil
By Jawdat Ahmed
13 Aug 2014

Cardinal Fernando Filoni has arrived in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan as the personal envoy of Pope Francis. Filoni i the former papal nuncio to Iraq and Jordan.
Thousands of Christians fled to the Kurdish area as the Islamic State militia invaded towns and cities in northern Iraq.
Cardinal Filoni is expected to deliver a personal message of solidarity and support from the pope as well as financial aid to those affected by the violence.

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Yezidi Minority from Sinjar Joins Chr...
Erbil, Kurdistan, Iraq
By mushtaq mohammed
12 Aug 2014

August 12, 2014
Erbil, Iraq

Some hundred refugees, belonging to the Yezidi minority, took refuge along with thousands of Christian refugees in the Saint Joseph Church in the Kurdish controlled area of Ankawa, northwest of Erbil, Iraq.
Yezidi residents of Sinjar, a town west of Mosul, were forced to flee their homes after ISIS militants took over the town at the beginning of August. They joined the thousands of Christian refugees from Qaraqosh, a Christian town near Mosul, who took shelter in the Saint Joseph Church, after ISIS militants took their city on August 7, 2014.

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Iraqi Kurds Celebrate The Peshmerga M...
Erbil
By Jawdat Ahmed
12 Aug 2014

Erbil, Iraq
August 5, 2014

Honking of car horns and waving of flags in the streets of Irbil to support and celebrate the successes of the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga militia against forces of the extremist Islamic State.
Street vendors feature CDs of the Iraqi Kurdish national anthem.

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Christian Refugees from Qaraqosh Forc...
Erbil
By Arshed
12 Aug 2014

August 12, 2014
Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan

As its power and influence grows, ISIS has been advancing towards the Kurdish capital of Erbil, seizing control of the towns and cities on the way. The Christian population of these towns has fled in terror, many of them seeking refuge in Erbil. Churches and schools in Ainkawa, the Christian area of Erbil, are now overflowing with refugees. Some are living inside the unfinished shell of a building, while others are sleeping in the local park, many without tents. Some of the Iraqi Christians have been forced to leave their homes before, but , many are now looking for a permanent way out of the country to avoid the persecution they have endured over the last ten years.

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Iraqi Christians Flee from Mosul
By Arshed
24 Jul 2014

23 July 2014
Iraq, Erbil

After the city of Mosul fell under the control of the Sunni tribes and ISIS, Christians have become very afraid of what action ISIS might take against them. ISIS released a document stipulating that Christians in Mosul had three options, converting to Islam, paying a special tax, or being executed. Those who did not comply to the terms had to leave the newly formed ‘Islamic State’ and all their possessions were confiscated by ISIS. Almost all of the Christian community fled the city in terror and travelled to Erbil and Duhook where they slept in churches.

The video shows two cars carrying a family that arrived from Mosul today after passing through an ISIS checkpoint where their money, jewellery, and car were taken from them.

Abu Youssef, the first speaker, explains their trip from Mosul. However he, along with the priest, refused to appear in front of the camera out of fear that they would killed should they ever return to the city. They were also afraid that their homes in Mosul would be destroyed or burned down if they were seen on camera saying negative things about ISIS.

Due to security reasons, we were not allowed to film the hall on the lower level, where families are staying, or where the kitchen and sleeping spaces are. However, we were allowed to take footage of one room that included a family with special needs (disabilities) and to meet with them and ask them about their situation in their new home.

Interviewees:
Abu Youssef: Father of a Christian family that just moved out of Mosul
Father D. Meti: The priest in Um al-Nour church
Abu Reem: Father of an immigrated Christian family

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Tal Afar Refugees Arrive in Baghdad
Baghdad
By TTM Contributor 16
21 Jul 2014

Um Ali is a refugee from Tal Afar in northern Iraq. She fled to Sinjar to escape the mortar shells, raining down on her town. Um Ali along with other residents of Tal Afar fled to Erbil where they slept at the gate for five days, then on to Kirkuk, and Dyala, until they reached al-Nahrwan on Sunday. “The government did not help us”, she said, “We faced a difficult situation after leaving Tal Afar, we are 50 families and the inhabitants of al-Nahrwan are the only ones who helped us

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Iraqi Christians Flee the City of Qar...
Erbil, Kurdistan
By Jawdat Ahmed
28 Jun 2014

June 28, 2014
Erbil, Kurdistan

Iraqi displaced Christians take refuge in a sports center in the Ankawa town of Erbil, Kurdistan.
According to the UN refugee Agency (UNHCR) "As many as 10,000 people, many of whom are women and children, fled the majority Christian city of Qaraqosh, in northern Iraq, after it was attacked with mortar rounds".
According to the families, violent clashes erupted between Sunni militants and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in the city of Qaraqosh, earlier on Thursday June 26.
Qaraqosh is a historic Assyrian town with a population of 50,000 people, located some 30 kilometers southeast of Mosul, which was seized by ISIL fighters.

Interviews:

• Salah, Christian refugee from Qaraqosh: "We escaped fearing the shelling of the area. We left our homes fearing the shelling that is indiscriminate. It's extreme, it's a full-on war between the Peshmerga and the others. I don't know what the outcome of this battle will be. I'm from Qaraqosh, from an area called Sermer. There's a lot of fear in the area because it's on the frontline for Qaraqosh. We hope we can go back home. This situation hasn't happened anywhere else in history, it is insane. We're getting help but it doesn't serve us, what serves us is being back home. We don't want help, we want to be able to return home.

• Snaa' Behnam, Christian refugee from Qaraqosh: "First armed men arrived, we don't know if it's the national security forces, the army or ISIS. The clashes started and the residents got displaced. We left and went wherever we can go. We eventually went to Insert Location Name. It all happened in ten days, we got shelled and we don't know by whom. Everyone left in the clothes they're in, there was a huge explosion and we probably lost our homes. Other people didn't leave and left their faith to God. We left fearing for the lives of the children, specially the girls, they're too young. We lost our homes in the battle between the Kurds and we don't know who's on the other side.

• Bassima Mikhael, Christian refugee from Qaraqosh: "We were living in Qaraqosh, we heard gunshots so we left. We're displaced. We left Qaraqosh out of fear of the shelling and the fighting. We are fine here thank God, we're safe and we have food and water but the situation back home is not very good. We hope this will get solved soon so we can go back home. A shell fell behind my brother's house, we left without taking anything with us. Our house is close to the frontline, to the militias, so we left early and became displaced. We've been here for two days and before that we stayed for a day in a tent in the desert. We went back to Qaraqosh, picked out our stuff for five minutes packed some stuff and ran back."

• Janan Peter, Christian refugee from Qaraqosh: "There was shelling from both sides, the Islamist side and the Kurdish side, and the town itself is in danger of falling into the hands of the Islamists so most of the area’s residents, about 70 percent, left. We cam to Erbil. We had to get out of the area, maybe even the country and go to Turkey, we took our passports and left. We don't have anywhere to stay. We're collectively living here. We hope this will end soon so we can go back home. The humanitarian help is good and we are satisfied but morally we are tired and on a low."

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
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By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. During the day of 28 August 2014 there was a firefight, about 3 hours, between IS and the Kurdish army. Peshmerga army sent on ahead a dozen men to evacuate a building occupied by the militants of Islamic State. The two sides are at a distance from each other about 100 meters.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurmatu
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. There was a firefight between IS and the Kurdish army.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurmatu
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. There was a firefight between IS and the Kurdish army.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. The peshmerga throw a mortar shell in the direction of the militants of the Islamic State.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. The peshmerga throw a mortar shell in the direction of the militants of the Islamic State.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. Kurdish soldiers repairing their eyes from the dust raised by the mortar.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. The peshmerga throw a mortar shell in the direction of the militants of the Islamic State.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. The soldiers stay in the guard position. through the bores target the enemy position.

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frontline in Tuz Khurmatu, Iraq
tuz khurma
By Arianna Pagani
25 Jun 2014

28 August 2014, Tuz Khurmatu distance about 75 km south of Kirkuk. The Kurdish army launches a mortar to the city occupied by the militants of the Islamic State. A Kurdish army vehicle shall move to another location.