Displaced people from the minority Yazidi sect who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, wait for aid at an abandoned building that they are using as their main residence, outside the city of Dohuk August 25, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal
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Local municipality workers running the camp in Silopi just over the Turkish border say 1,500 people are sheltering there alone.At least 100 people are arriving from Iraq each day, the camp workers say, many of them, like Sewra, smuggled across the border by locals, sometimes paying up to $1,000 per family.Turkey, already sheltering more than a million refugees from the war in Syria, has reiterated that it will maintain an "open door policy" to those fleeing violence, although customs officials at the main Habur border crossing with Iraq are only allowing in those with passports.The Yazidis are part of Iraq's Kurdish minority and some have crossed into Turkey under the protection of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group, which fought a three-decade insurgency against the Turkish state and is considered a terrorist group by Ankara, the United States and the European Union.About 120 km to the west, in the predominantly Christian town of Midyat, already home to many Syrian refugees, Turkey's disaster management agency AFAD is sheltering around 1,500 Yadizis in one camp.
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