Iraqi refugees children who fled from Tikrit, Iraq, and other towns after the advance of Islamic militants, gather at a camp for displaced Iraqis outside Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)
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Iraqi authorities are increasing pressure on families in camps in western Anbar province, displaced during the war against Daesh (ISIS) to return to their homes ahead of national elections in May, international aid agencies warned Wednesday.The 2014 Daesh blitz that resulted in the capture of large areas of territory in northern and western Iraq, and the more-than-three-year war against Daesh that followed, displaced nearly 6 million people. The Iraqi government denies forcing internally displaced families to return against their will.The 32-page report, titled "The Long Road Home," includes interviews with people living in displacement camps in Anbar. It found that 84 percent of the displaced families feel safer in camps than back home, and more than 50 percent have homes that are damaged or destroyed.
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