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The Things They Carried: The Iraqis Who Fled Mosul - for Foreign Policy Magazine

Escaping war and the Islamic State, families took with them what little they could carry — remembrances of loved ones and the past.

Often, there is little function or utility to these items — a broken watch, a child’s garment, a handful of worn photographs. They are tokens of the life — and the people — they left behind.

Read more online here or pick-up this month's edition of Foreign Policy Magazine.

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As Mosul battle rages, trapped residents face terror and hunger - UNHCR

"After his nephew was shot trying to flee the old city of Mosul, Abu Taha was trapped. Under the rule of armed extremists, just to be seen with a packed rucksack was enough to get him killed.

Instead, Abu Taha decided to hide in his basement with his nine children and wait for the fighting to end. Finally, last week, as Iraqi government forces battled their way into his neighbourhood, they were able to make their escape."

Read more here.

(© UNHCR/Cengiz Yar)

(© UNHCR/Cengiz Yar)

(© UNHCR/Cengiz Yar)

(© UNHCR/Cengiz Yar)

(© UNHCR/Cengiz Yar)

(© UNHCR/Cengiz Yar)

IDPs Return to Qayyarah - AP

Work covering the civilian convoy traveling from Dibaga Camp to their homes in Qayyarah, Iraq on Tuesday for AP. As fighting between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State group continues, some villages like Qayyarah are now back under Iraqi government control and open for civilians to return. (All images copyright Cengiz Yar/AP Photo) 

Child Alert - for UNICEF

Recent work for UNICEF used in their latest report on the 3.6 million children at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction and recruitment into armed groups in Iraq.

You can read more and download the full version of the report here