Slideshow - Life after death

  • Newroz camp, in an autonomous Kurdish enclave in northeastern Syria, shelters more than 15,000 Iraqi refugees.

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  • Goze, 85, arrives with her family in Newroz. Like tens of thousands of other Yazidis, she and her family sought safety on nearby Mt Sinjar.

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  • Overwhelmed by the fear and tension of recent events, she breaks down on arriving in Newroz.

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  • Marina, a daughter-in-law, immediately sits Goze down after arriving, and washes her feet.

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  • Darwesh carried Goze for five days on his back to reach Newroz. Otherwise, he said, she would never have made it.

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  • A Kurdish fighter working at Newroz brings food to Darwesh's tent.

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  • Darwesh and some of his family share their first proper meal in more than two weeks.

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  • Newroz is in a wedge of Kurdish-controlled territory on the hot, dusty plains of Rojava.

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  • Nearly 1.8 million Iraqis have fled their homes – many to camps in Iraqi Kurdistan, like here near Peshkhabour.

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  • Semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan has received more than 850,000 displaced civilians.

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  • Iraqi children in Syria sift through clothes donated by residents of nearby al-Malikiyah after the recent influx of Iraqi refugees.

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  • Dawn finds many refugees in Nowruz sleeping in the open.

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Life after death

September 2014 - Nearly 1.8 million Iraqis are estimated to have fled their homes since January 2014, with most fleeing the rapid advance of the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) as it swept through much of western and northern Iraq in June, destroying towns, erasing communities, and sowing fear across vulnerable sectarian lines.
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