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People walk a street in Arbat camp. Demographically comprised of mostly Syrian Kurds fleeing fighting in Rojava, Arbat has been open since 2012. Basic sanitation and food access seems to be good and refugees can leave to work in nearby towns. 28/03/16

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Sheikh Borzan, originally from Kobane in Rojava, Syria, in his small shop in Arbat camp. His shop sells coffee beans and nuts as well a selection of oddments. Four of his sons have fled to Europe, living in Germany and Norway. 28/03/16

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A bakery in in Arbat camp sells pizza-style topped bread for 500 Iraqi Dinars (about 30p) per piece. 28/03/16

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Children seen through a wire fence in Arbat camp. Demographically children make up the largest group in the camp. This can cause issues in terms of health care as well as with educational resources. 28/03/16

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A teacher conducts lessons in Arbat camp. The camp is made up largely of young people and great efforts have been made to provide education. Teachers are few, underpaid and have to content with large classes. Schools open six half days per week. 28/03/16

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A small girl carries a Kurdish flag in Arbat camp. 28/03/16

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A street in Arbat camp. Only the main streets are paved which can cause issues with waterlogging in winter. 28/03/16

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Mohammad, a five year old, from Rojava in Syria, stands near his families home in Arbat camp. 28/03/16

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UNHCR tents house the newest arrivals in Arbat camp. Those who have been in the camp longer tend to have simple, breeze-block structures built with materials that are either donated or scraped together. 28/03/16

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Masroud, 43, sits with his brother in the UNHCR tent that has housed his family for six months. Originally from Rojava in Syria, they fled the fighting and stayed briefly in Mosul before once again having to move to Arbat in the wake of Da'esh. 28/03/16

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Masroud and has family had to flee Rojava, Syria, with just what they could fit into their car. Some clothes, bags, sleeping bags and simple children's toys make up the bulk of their possessions in Arbat camp. 28/03/16

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Hastily constructed shops line the thoroughfares of Arbat camp. Groceries, bakeries and kebab shops are common, although some sell just about anything, including wedding supplies. 28/03/16

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Chickens roam one of Arbat camp's largest streets in the rain. 28/03/16

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Mustafa, 46, pictured with two of his sons. Originally farmers from Kobane in Rojava, Syria; Mustafa fled with his wife and eleven children due to the battle with Da'esh. They now live in a small compound in Arbat camp. 28/03/16

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Arbet camp lies around half an hour's drive from Sulimaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan. Comprised of simple, breeze-block structures and UNHCR tents, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), handed over control to the UN in 2015.
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