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 An Iraqi Christian, who fled from her home because of Islamic State's advance earlier this year, hangs up washed clothes to dry besides a displaced persons camp near Umm al-Nour Church, which is now home to hundreds of displaced Iraqi Christians in Erbil, Iraq.  Although the autonomous Kurdistan region in northern Iraq was already a refuge for an estimated 250,000 Syrian refugees, since the Islamic State began its onslaught on Iraq in June, Kurdistan has also taken in a more than one and a half million displaced people. Many have been placed in purpose-built refugee camps but the huge numbers mean thousands of others are forced to live in un-finished buildings or inadequate, makeshift shelters and as winter in the region closes in, there are growing concerns for the welfare of the refugees who, while their homes are still in ISIL controlled territory, have no realistic prospect of returning to them.

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An Iraqi Christian, who fled from her home because of Islamic State’s advance earlier this year, hangs up washed clothes to dry besides a displaced persons’ camp near Umm al-Nour Church, which is now home to hundreds of displaced Iraqi Christians in Erbil, Iraq.

Displaced people, who fled from the violence in the province of Nineveh, arrive at Sulaimaniya province August 8, 2014. The United States began to drop relief supplies to beleaguered Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamist militants in Iraq, but there was no immediate sign on Friday of U.S. air strikes to halt the sweeping advance of Islamic State fighters.

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Displaced people, who fled from the violence in the province of Nineveh, arrive at Sulaimaniya province on Friday. The United States began to drop relief supplies to beleaguered Yazidi refugees fleeing Islamist militants in Iraq

Christian residents jubilate as Seleka Muslim militias evacuate the Kasai camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014, to relocate and join other Selekas at the PK11camp. The departure of the fighters was greeted with screams of joy from the crowd of hundreds that gathered to watch them leave for another camp in northern Bangui.  We are free! This is our new year!  they shouted. Seleka became deeply unpopular after they killed and tortured civilians after seizing power in March 2013. Their leader Michel Djotodia stepped down as president earlier this month and went into exile in Benin.

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Christian residents jubilate as Séléka Muslim militias evacuate the Kasai camp in Bangui, Central African Republic, to relocate and join other Sélékas at the PK11camp. The departure of the fighters was greeted with screams of joy from the crowd of hundreds who gathered to watch them leave for another camp in northern Bangui.

A man gives informations about ex-seleka rebels to a French soldier in Combattant neighborhood near Bangui's airport, on December 9, 2013. French troops on Monday began disarming fighters in the Central African Republic after a swell in sectarian violence that has claimed hundreds of lives and terrified inhabitants.

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A man gives information about ex-Séléka rebels to a French soldier in a Combattant neighborhood near Bangui’s airport. French troops on Monday began disarming fighters in the Central African Republic after a swell in sectarian violence that has claimed hundreds of lives and terrified inhabitants.

Pakistani Christian protesters chant slogans to condemn a Peshawar suicide attack on a church, in Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Pakistani Christians denounced the deadliest attack ever in this country against members of their faith when a pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. The placard at right reads, "give us protection." (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

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Pakistani Christian protesters chant slogans to condemn a Peshawar suicide attack on a church in Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistani Christians denounced the attack against members of their faith when a pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday. The placard on the right reads: ‘give us protection’. 

Pakistani Christian worshippers, some of them who survived Sunday's suicide bombing, pray during a special mass for the victims of the bombing, at the Church where the attack took place, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. Angry Pakistani Christians denounced the deadliest attack ever in this country against members of their faith. A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan.

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Pakistani Christian worshippers, some of them who survived Sunday’s suicide bombing, pray during a special mass for the victims of the bombing, at the Church where the attack took place, in Peshawar, Pakistan on Monday. Angry Pakistani Christians denounced the deadliest attack ever in this country against members of their faith. A pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up amid hundreds of worshippers outside a historic church in northwestern Pakistan.

Palestinian Orthodox Christians attend the Palm Sunday procession at a church in Gaza City on April 28, 2013. Palm Sunday marks the triumphant return of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem when a cheering crowd greeted him waving palm leaves, a week before his crucifixion. Orthodox Christians will celebrate Easter on May 5. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMSMAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images

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Palestinian Orthodox Christians attend the Palm Sunday procession at a church in Gaza City on Sunday. Palm Sunday marks the triumphant return of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem when a cheering crowd greeted him waving palm leaves, a week before his crucifixion. Orthodox Christians will celebrate Easter on May 5.