File - Iraqi girls who fled their homes with their families due to violence in northern Iraq are seen at the Bahrka camp in Ainkawa, 10 km west of Arbil in the autonomous Kurdistan region, on August 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ALI AL-SAADI
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Hundreds of thousands of children in Iraq's northern Kurdish region are facing an "education emergency" after being forced from their homes, and thousands of displaced families are now sheltering in schools. The Kurdish regional government says schools will open as planned next Wednesday but, on top of the huge challenge of educating those who have been displaced, there are major concerns about where those now living in schools will be moved.With unsanitary camps scattered across the north overflowing with Iraqis who fled their homes, thousands of families have sought refuge in schools.In Dohuk, the worst-affected Kurdish province, more than 600 schools are now home to displaced families.Kurdistan's Education Minister Pishtiwan Sadiq said that school for local residents would begin as planned everywhere except Dohuk, where the U.N. says 64 percent of the north's displaced are located.
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