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Fleeing ISIS: Iraqis Tell Of Loss And Tragedy
Dozens of Iraqi families who escaped the fighting in Mosul have made their way to a newly-built refugee camp in the northern area of Dohuk.
They are homeless and have nowhere to go.
"Ahmed" was an officer in the Iraqi police force. We've had to change his name because he's afraid he will be targeted again by ISIS militants.
He had just got to the camp with his family when we met him.
He showed us pictures he says he took of his home after ISIS bombed it.
What was once a seven-bedroom villa is now a pile of rubble.
Ahmed took his nine-month pregnant wife and children and came to the Dohuk camp.
It took them 12 hours and now they say they are afraid and on the run.
"People were so scared in Mosul when I left," said†Ahmed.
"There was no electricity, no food and we heard explosions. The Islamist fighters were everywhere in the town.
"They wore black masks and were armed. You couldn't speak or reason with them or they'd just kill you."
Many more people are pouring into the camp, bringing with them stories of loss and tragedy.
Hundreds of thousands have recently fled the areas now under the control of ISIS and their allies.
Some are in camps, but even more went further into towns close to the border.
The town of Al Qosh near the Syrian border with Iraq has taken in hundreds in the past week.
This ancient Christian community is now opening its doors to Iraqis of different religions. It is providing a safe haven for those seeking protection.
We came across a school that has been turned into a shelter for 30 families who came from Mosul.
Mattresses line the floors, there are flies everywhere.
Umm Younis says she came here with her children because she heard it was safe. It's been a week now and it's been tough.
"Life is unbearable. There's no water, no medicine, no clean place. It's crowded and cramped. If anyone catches a disease then everyone gets it," she told us.
One of the hardest things for these people is that they don't know when or even if they'll be able to go back home.
All the women in the school share one bathroom and the water only comes on every other day.
One of the biggest problems is food, there are only two cookers here to service over 140 people.
And these are considered the lucky ones because they have a roof over their heads and a garden for the children to play.
But in another few weeks this school will re-open and the little they have will be taken away.