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An Iraqi woman holds her exhausted son as over 1000 Iraqis who have fled fighting in and around the city of Mosul and Tal Afar wait at a Kurdish checkpoint in the hopes of entering a temporary displacement camp on July 1, 2014 in Khazair, Iraq. The families, many with small and sick children, had no shelter and little water and food. The displacement camp Khazair is now home to an estimated 1,500 internally displaced persons (IDP's) with the number rising daily. Tens of thousands of people have fled Iraq's second largest city of Mosul after it was overrun by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants. Many have been temporarily housed at various IDP camps around the region including the area close to Erbil, as they hope to enter the safety of the nearby Kurdish region.

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An Iraqi woman holds her son as more than 1,000 Iraqis who have fled fighting in and around the city of Mosul and Tal Afar wait at a Kurdish checkpoint in the hopes of entering a temporary displacement camp on Tuesday in Khazair, Iraq

African refugees live homelessly at a temporary shelter beside a road on World Refugee Day in Sana'a, Yemen, 20 June 2014. The number of African refugees who have come to Yemen during the past few years has reached 750,000, most of them are Somalis. World Refugee Day is marked on 20 June each year.

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Homeless African refugees gather at a temporary shelter beside a road on World Refugee Day in Sanaa, Yemen

Pakistani tribal people arrive in Bannu, Pakistan,

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Pakistani refugees arrive in Bannu on Wednesday. Thousands of villagers have fled fled North Waziristan as Pakistani jets pounded targets in the country’s northwest in major offensives designed to root out suspected militants.

A boy makes his way over a gully in his search for fresh water in the internally displaced person (IDP) Tomping camp for Nuer ethnic group in Juba, South Sudan. Around 26.000 South Sudanese IDP's from Nuer ethnic group are sheltered in a temporary camp inside the UNMISS compound. Nuer IDP's cannot leave the camp due to ethnic tensions with the Dinka's.

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A boy makes his way over a gully in his search for fresh water in the internally displaced person (IDP) Tomping camp for Nuer ethnic group in Juba, South Sudan. About 26,000 South Sudanese IDP’s from Nuer ethnic group are sheltered in a temporary camp inside the Unmiss compound. Nuer ID’s cannot leave the camp due to ethnic tensions with the Dinkas.

Two girls wash a pan in the displaced camp near Mpoko airport, on January 15, 2014 in Bangui. Few people are going back home as the situation is more quiet in the Centrafrican capital. The Central African Republic began the search for a peacemaker president after months of sectarian violence that displaced a fifth of the population. A terrifying spiral of atrocities pitted Muslims against the Christian majority.

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A displaced camp near Mpoko airport on Wednesday in Bangui. Few people are going back home even as the situation grows less tense in the Central African capital.

People unload the few belongings on January 9, 2014 at Minkammen, South Sudan that they were able to bring with them to the camps. Hundreds of civilians fleeing violence in Bor region arrive at dawn to one of the many small ports that run alongside the camps in Awerial region, having crossed over the Nile River by night. Thousands of exhausted civilians are crowding into the fishing village of Minkammen, a once-tiny riverbank settlement of a few thatch huts 25 kilometres (20 miles) southwest of Bor. Some say they had spent days hiding out in the bush outside Bor as gunmen battled for control of the town, which has exchanged hands three times in the conflict, and remains in rebel control.

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People unload their few belongings on Thursday at Minkammen, South Sudan. Hundreds of civilians fleeing violence in Bor region arrive at one of the many small ports that run alongside the camps in Awerial region, having crossed over the Nile River by night.

A child sits next to barbed wire as people stand in a refugee camp near the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, after fleeing violence.

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A child sits next to barbed wire as people stand in a refugee camp near the airport in Bangui, Central African Republic, after fleeing violence

Syrian children try to stay warm near an open fire in front of their unheated tents in a refugee camp in the town of Harmanli, Bulgaria. Thousands of Syrian and other refugees from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, who find enough courage to make a dangerous journey from their war-ravaged states, often end up in the crammed settlements in the Balkans, including Bulgaria, Greece or Serbia, after being caught on the borders of wealthy Western European nations for attempting to cross illegally.

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Refugee children from Syria try to stay warm near an open fire in front of their unheated tents in a refugee camp in the town of Harmanli, Bulgaria

A Syrian refugee holds a baby in a refugee camp set in the town of Harmanli, south-east of Sofia on November 12, 2013.  Bulgaria's asylum centres are severely overcrowded after the arrival of almost 10,000 refugees this year, half of them Syrian. The influx has fuelled anti-immigrant sentiment in a country already struggling with dire poverty.

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A Syrian refugee holds a baby in a refugee camp in the town of Harmanli, southeast of Sofia on Tuesday. Bulgaria’s asylum centres are severely overcrowded after the arrival of almost 10,000 refugees this year, half of them from Syria.

Syrian displaced children, wait outside their tent the school bus at a Syrian refugee camp at Delhamiyeh village in the Bekaa valley, eastern Lebanon, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. There are more than 800,000 refugees registered with the U.N. refugees agency in Lebanon, but the Lebanese government estimates the real number of Syrians in the country at more than 1 million, or around one-third of the tiny country s population.

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Syrian children at a refugee camp at Delhamiyeh, eastern Lebanon, wait outside their tent for the school bus. There are more than 800,000 refugees registered with the UN refugees agency in the country, although the Lebanese government estimates the number at more than 1m.