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Over 10,000 people flee Iraq’s Anbar ahead of anti-ISIS operations

More than 10,000 people have fled home in Iraq’s Anbar province in the past month ahead of operations against Islamic State there, a refugee charity said on Thursday.

Thousands of people have arrived in displacement camps near Ramadi since the beginning of October, according to the Norwegian Refugee Council.

“We didn’t make it to this place without seeing death with our own eyes a thousand times,” said Nafa Yacob, who left his own home to prevent his son from being recruited by ISIS.

Nafa Yacob (in white) fled ISIS territory in Anbar province, Iraq, to save his 14 year old grandson (in blue) from being forcefullly recruited by ISIS.
Nafa Yacob (in white) fled ISIS territory in Anbar province, Iraq, to save his 14 year old grandson (in blue) from being forcefullly recruited by ISIS. Over 10,000 have arrived to displacement camps close to Ramadi, Anbar province, since the beginning of October according to the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), who provides emergency aid to these people. Photo: Melany Markham/NRC

Read more of Nafa Yacob’s story over at our sister site, The Globe Post.

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