UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie recently visited internally displaced Iraqis living in an informal settlement and a formal camp at Khanke, near Dohuk. There, she heard dramatic stories of escape from the more than 20,000 Yazidis who fled Sinjar and surrounding areas last August.

i stood by your side
when your world split,
you need a solution
i’m hoping i can be it

remember that some day
your bones will fall to dust,
time consumes itself and
nights age under rust

there is anger in your eyes
and hatred on your face,
allow me in and i will
give those demons chase

everything may collapse
but together we are calm,
nothing changes when
i hold your hands in my palms