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Nowhere To Run.

Arabs displaced from their homes in Northern Iraq, stuck on the border of Kurdistan, with nowhere else to go.

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An Arab displaced man from Mosul holds a transparency from a CT scan of his daughter’s brain.  The man declared, “My daughter needs medical attention, and we can not return to Mosul, as there are no doctors there to help her, and Daesh (the Islamic State) has occupied our city.”
Near the Kirkuk checkpoint between Erbil and Kirkuk, Iraq

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An Arab displaced man (left) from Mosul holds prescriptions from a doctor for his daughter (right), that were made just before the city fell to the Islamic State in June of 2014.  The man and his family had been stuck outside of the checkpoint, along with around 200 other displaced Arabs from Mosul and other Northern Iraqi cities which had fallen to Islamic State militants.
Near the Kirkuk checkpoint between Erbil and Kirkuk, Iraq

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An Arab woman displaced from Islamic State controlled Northern Iraq, holds her baby, which she proclaimed to have given birth to just 8 days prior, 6 of those days, spent stuck outside of the checkpoint, with no access to food, water, or proper shelter.
Near the Kirkuk checkpoint between Erbil and Kirkuk, Iraq

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An Arab baby lies in a barn, which is the only structure available as shelter for the families and children displaced from Northern Iraq to Kurdistan, covered in flies as he sleeps.
Near the Kirkuk checkpoint between Erbil and Kirkuk, Iraq

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An arab baby lies in a crate, being used as an ad-hoc manger.  When I approached the child, I feared that it was dead, as it lay motionless in the manger, wrapped in cloth.  I gently reached down to wake the child, and it responded to my touch.  It was a very frightening moment.
Near the Kirkuk checkpoint between Erbil and Kirkuk, Iraq

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A young Arab boy lies on a mixture of blanket, cardboard, and dirt under a tree.
Near the Kirkuk checkpoint between Erbil and Kirkuk, Iraq

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An Arab woman, displaced from her home in Northern Iraq by Islamic State Militants holds her baby.
Near the Kirkuk checkpoint between Erbil and Kirkuk, Iraq

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An Arab baby being held by her father.
Near the Kirkuk checkpoint between Erbil and Kirkuk, Iraq

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A young Arab girl sits in a barn, which serves as the one structure where the Arab families displaced from Northern Iraq can use as a shelter.
Near the Kirkuk checkpoint between Erbil and Kirkuk, Iraq

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An Arab baby holds the hand of his brother while he sleeps on a blanket in the open air.
Near the Kirkuk checkpoint between Erbil and Kirkuk, Iraq

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Arab boys gather around a fire and make chai tea to help keep them warm, as the cold of night comes.
Near the Kirkuk checkpoint between Erbil and Kirkuk, Iraq