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Refugees from northern Iraq live in misery

Reporter: Sean Callebs 丨 CCTV.com

08-17-2014 10:42 BJT

Tens of thousands of Yazidi and Christians in Iraq have fled their homes, since the Islamic State militant group advanced across the country. CCTV’s Sean Callebs has visited the places where they are taking refuge, and has more on the conditions there.

There is little room for comfort and no shortage of horrific stories. Yusef Petros, is a devout Catholic -- and a security guard at his church near Mosul. He became a target when Islamic State militants stormed his city.

Petros proudly tattooed an image of the Virgin Mary on his arm. When the Islamic insurgents saw that they threatened to slice it off.

The Christian hub of Erbil is crowded with refugees from northern Iraq.

Services provide a spiritual lift and a chance to take in a hint of air-conditioning, a brief respite from the unforgiving heat. Donations are coming in. Portable showers are going up. But water is in short supply. One thing is plentiful uncertainty.

From the solace of church service to the chaos that comes with meal-time. Many families here have been uprooted before...in a region that has been plagued with violence.

Right now, it seems as though the misery will never end. Walk down the line of tents, and each story is more heart-breaking than the last. It’s what prompted Imad Silman to travel from Detroit, Michigan to check on his family.

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