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In pictures: Thousands of families searching for safety in Iraq

   A girl waits to collect water with her mother at a relief camp in Sinjar in the north-west of Iraq. The Iraqi Red Crescent estimates that hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the violence in Iraq and are in urgent need of food, water, shelter and other relief items. Joe Cropp/IFRC

 

Ali Askhar and his family have been camped by the roadside for 22 days after escaping the violence in Iraq. “I just want to get them to safety,” he says. “My daughter is about to have her first baby, my grandchildren are sick ... I just want to get them to safety. Joe Cropp/IFRC

 

Eighty-year-old Zainab with one of her grandchildren in a community hall in Sinjar, where they are living with 200 other families. Since fleeing the violence in Mosul, they have been relying on Red Crescent for their basic needs. Joe Cropp/IFRC

 

  A boy goes to collect water for his family in a relief camp in Sinjar in the north-west of Iraq. There is a danger of water shortages in the camps, where the searing temperatures of up to 45C have already caused a spike in water usage.  Joe Cropp/IFRC

 

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society reports that hundreds and thousands of people have fled to the Kurdistan region of the country. Many of these families are already struggling financially, unable to secure the basic food and resources they need to get by. The Iraqi Red Crescent Society is providing many with food and water, but more support is needed. Joe Cropp/IFRC

 

  A mother does her best to keep her family clean in the basic conditions of a Sinjar community hall. More than 200 families have been living in the hall for the past four weeks, each with a few square metres of floor space to call home. The Iraqi Red Crescent estimates that some 400,000 people have fled to the Kurdish region of Iraq to escape the violence. Joe Cropp/IFRC

 

  A young girl is living under a tarpolin with her family on the roadsides leading into the Kurdish region of Iraq. The Iraqi Red Crescent reports that hundreds and thousands of people have fled north to escape the fighting, and are living in camps, public buildings or sleeping rough on building sites, parks and roadsides.  Joe Cropp/IFRC


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