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Ghosts of Mosul stalk Iraq's fleeing children

Displaced Iraqi children who left Mosul due to the ongoing fighting between government forces and Islamic State jihadists posing for a photo at the Hasan Sham Camp, 30 km east of Mosul.

Hasan Sham Camp, Iraq

THE children proudly wield donated plastic water bottles like freshly dug nuggets of treasure, smiling despite the fear and death and destruction they faced in their ruined city.

With the impetuousness that only children can muster, they forget for a moment

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