In this Aug. 4, 2014, photo, an Iraqi boy looks in a camp displaced Iraqis who fled from their towns after advances by Islamic militants take shelter in Najaf, Iraq. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)
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School is out, but northern Baghdad's classrooms are packed – not with students, but with people who have traveled further than most to escape the Sunni militant onslaught splitting Iraq.Over the past two months, thousands of them have traveled hundreds of kilometers to the capital to escape the ISIS insurgents, crowding into schools run by volunteers and religious charities in the absence of government help.Other Shiite Turkmens have been flown south by the government, which is led by politicians from the country's overall Shiite majority, to spare them a perilous journey.Ibrahim Hussein, 59, a Shiite government employee from the northern town of Tal Afar, said that while ISIS militants might have killed him for his faith, sect had had little impact on local relations before the insurgency.He pointed to Mohammad Saeb, a 22-year-old Sunni sitting across the room whom he had taken into his home after a suicide bomber killed the young man's family in 2009 . A charity affiliated with Iraq's top Shiite religious scholar, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, oversees one school and Sahi said food was provided largely by donors who would have given it to Shiite pilgrims in more peaceful years.
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