Displaced

A girl looks on among Afghan women lining up to receive winter relief assistance donated by the UNHCR in Kabul

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A girl stands among Afghan women lining up to receive winter relief assistance donated by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kabul, on Wednesday

Displaced Iraqis, who were forced to flee their home because of Islamic State's advance earlier this year, queue for humanitarian aid that is being distributed by the Barzani Charity Foundation after being delivered by lorries from the Polish charity SOS FOR LIFE at a refugee camp near Zakho in Duhok, Iraq

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Displaced Iraqis, who were forced to flee their home because of Islamic State’s advance earlier this year, queue for humanitarian aid that is being distributed by the Barzani Charity Foundation after being delivered by lorries from the Polish charity SOS FOR LIFE at a refugee camp near Zakho in Duhok, Iraq

 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.

 Syrian town of Kobani play on improvised swings in the southeastern town of Suruc

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Kurdish refugee children from the Syrian town of Kobani play on improvised swings in the southeastern town of Suru├ž, ┼×anliurfa province, Turkey

A Syrian toddler sleeps in a makeshift cradle installed in a tent set up for refugees in the Suruc district, near Sanliurfa, Turkey, 01 October 2014. Turkey according to the UN agency for refugees (UNHCR) is facing the 'biggest influx' of Syrian refugees since the start of the war three years ago. The fighting in the besieged Syrian border town of Kobane has pushed more than 160,000 Syrian refugees, mostly Kurds, into Turkey, raising the overall number of Syrian refugees in the country to about 1.5 million.

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A Syrian toddler sleeps in a makeshift cradle installed in a tent set up for refugees in the Suruc district, near Sanliurfa, Turkey on Wednesday. Turkey according to the UN agency for refugees (UNHCR) is facing the ‘biggest influx’ of Syrian refugees since the start of the war three years ago

Kurdish Syrian refugees walk at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province...Kurdish Syrian refugees walk at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province, September 24, 2014. The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday it was making contingency plans in case all 400,000 inhabitants of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani fled into Turkey to escape advancing Islamic State militants.

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Kurdish Syrian refugees walk at the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on Wednesday

Syrian Kurds cross the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province on September 23, 2014. The UN refugee agency warned Tuesday that as many as 400,000 people may flee to Turkey from Syria's Kurdish region to escape attacks by the Islamic State group.

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Syrian Kurds cross the border between Syria and Turkey at the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province

Syrian refugees cross the Syrian-Turkish border near Sanliurfa, Turkey, 22 September 2014. Nearly 100,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing the Islamic State militant group have crossed into Turkey in the past three days, a UN official said. Turkish authorities and the United Nations are preparing for the possibility that hundreds of thousands of Syrian Kurds will flee to Turkey in the coming days, UN said. Islamic State fighters have triggered the exodus since seizing dozens of Kurdish villages as they advance towards the centre of the Kabone enclave close to the border with Turkey.

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Syrian refugees cross the Syrian-Turkish border near Sanliurfa, Turkey. Nearly 100,000 Syrian Kurds fleeing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, have crossed into Turkey in the past three days

A Pakistani youth, who was Internally Displaced from Pakistan's tribal areas, sleeps on a bed to escape the heat trapped in his mud home, near a wholesale fruit and vegetable market where he works, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, early Monday, Sept. 22, 2014.

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An youth displaced from Pakistan’s tribal areas sleeps outdoors near the wholesale fruit and vegetable market where he works on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, to escape the heat in his mud hut

Flood victims watch from the windows of a hotel as Kashmiri volunteers try to get relief material across to them in the city center of Srinagar, India, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.  Flash floods have killed hundreds, washed away crops, damaged tens of thousands of homes and affected over a million people since Sept. 3, when heavy monsoon rains lashed Pakistan's eastern Punjab province and the Kashmir region, claimed by both India and Pakistan.

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Flood victims watch from the windows of a hotel as Kashmiri volunteers try to get relief material across to them in the city centre of Srinagar, India

A Pakistani girl leaves her flooded VILLAGE in Jhang, Pakistan, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014. Pakistani troops used helicopters and boats to evacuate thousands of marooned people from the country s plains where raging monsoon floods inundated more villages Thursday, officials said.

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A Pakistani girl leaves her flooded village in Jhang, Pakistan. Pakistani troops used helicopters and boats to evacuate thousands of marooned people from the countrys plains where raging monsoon floods inundated more villages on Thursday

Children talk with each other at the "Zharki" health resort where people who have fled the fighting in the eastern regions of Ukraine live, outside the village of Rybnoye...Children talk with each other at the "Zharki" health resort where people who have fled the fighting in the eastern regions of Ukraine live, outside the village of Rybnoye, east of Krasnoyarsk, September 4, 2014. About 370 Ukrainian refugees will stay at this temporary camp while being processed by the Russian authorities, local media reported.

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Children talk with each other at the ‘Zharki’ health resort, east of Krasnoyarsk in Russia. Many Ukrainian people have fled to Russia to avoid the fighting in the eastern regions of Ukraine

A nomadic woman carries a milk container while shifting her belongings to a safer place from the flooded banks of river Tawi after heavy rains in Jammu September 5, 2014. Sixty-five people were killed after heavy rains caused flash floods in Indian-administered Kashmir, including a wedding party on a bus that was swept away, officials said on Thursday. Authorities declared a disaster alert in the northern region after two days of heavy rain hit villages across the Kashmir valley, causing the worst flooding in two decades.

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A nomadic woman carries a milk container while shifting her belongings to a safer place from the flooded banks of river Tawi after heavy rains in Jammu on Friday

Children display their acrobatic skills at an underpass in Manila on August 28, 2014 near where informal settlers' homes were recently demolished.  The Philippine economy rebounded to post 6.4-percent growth in the second quarter and regain its status as one of the strongest in Asia, authorities said on August 28. Officials said in April that amongst their new targets is the lowering of the country's poverty incidence from 25.2 percent of the population in 2012 to 18.0 to 20.0 percent by 2016.

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Children display their acrobatic skills at an underpass in Manila on Thursday, near where informal settlers’ homes were recently demolished

Displaced Iraqi children from the Yazidi community are pictured in a refugee camp near the Turkey-Iraq border at Silopi in Sirnak on August 14, 2014.  The United States said Wednesday its troops found "far fewer" Yazidi refugees marooned on a northern Iraqi mountain than expected, making an evacuation mission less likely, after air strikes pummeled besieging Islamic militants.

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Displaced Iraqi children from the Yazidi community are pictured in a refugee camp near the Turkey-Iraq border at Silopi in Sirnak

Displaced people from minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards Syrian border, on outskirts of Sinjar mountain...Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border town of Elierbeh of Al-Hasakah Governorate August 10, 2014. Islamic State militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday. The Islamic State, which has declared a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, has prompted tens of thousands of Yazidis and Christians to flee for their lives during their push to within a 30-minute drive of the Kurdish regional capital Arbil.

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Displaced people from the minority Yazidi community leave Sinjar town, northwest Iraq, and walk towards the Syrian border

Displaced Palestinian Abu Amjad Nofal, 60, right, washes his face, at a U.N. school where his family had sought refuge during the war, in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. The families from the Gaza City neighborhood of Zeitoun, still at the U.N. school, said they are scared to move back to their houses as they consider the cease-fire still fragile.

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Displaced Palestinian Abu Amjad Nofal, 60, washes his face at a UN school in Gaza on Thursday, where his family have sought refuge during the war

Refugees from south-eastern Ukraine wait...Refugees from south-eastern Ukraine wait as they arrive at a refugee camp set in Donetsk near Rostov on Don, on August 6, 2014. The number of Ukrainian refugees in this camp  which can accommodate 1.000 people, has exceeded 1,500 people, the spokesperson for the regional government, Alexander Titov, said on Wednesday.  Some 285,000 people have already fled their homes due to the conflict in east Ukraine, it estimated, with many leaving for other parts of the country, but close to 168,000 seeking sanctuary in Russia. AFP PHOTO / ANDREY KRONBERGANDREY KRONBERG/AFP/Getty Images

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Refugees from southeastern Ukraine at a refugee camp in Donetsk near Rostov, Russia. The number of Ukrainians in the camp, which can accommodate 1,000 people, has exceeded 1,500, the spokesperson for the regional government, Alexander Titov, said on Wednesday.

A woman and child watch a helicopter coming in to land near rows of tents housing earthquake survivors at Longtoushan, in China's southwest Yunnan province on August 6, 2014.  At least 589 people have died in the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that hit on August 3, officials said on August 6, marking a sharp increase in the death toll.

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A woman and child watch a helicopter coming in to land near rows of tents housing earthquake survivors at Longtoushan, in China’s southwest Yunnan province on Wednesday

Elderly Syrian refugee Saltiya Ibraheem, 70, poses for a picture outside her makeshift home in Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border, in Mafraq, Jordan on Wednesday

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Elderly Syrian refugee Saltiya Ibraheem, 70, poses outside her makeshift home in Zaatari refugee camp, near the Syrian border, in Mafraq, Jordan on Wednesday