Displaced

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