Displaced Iraqi children are seen at the Amriyat al-Fallujah camp in Anbar Province, Iraq January 3, 2018. REUTERS/Khalid al-Mousily
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Iraqi security forces are forcibly returning civilians from refugee camps to unsafe areas in the predominantly Sunni Anbar province, exposing them to death from booby-traps or acts of vigilantism, refugees and aid workers say. Managing more than 2 million Iraqis displaced by the war against Daesh (ISIS) is one of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi's most daunting tasks. Interviews with aid workers and dozens of displaced people at camps in the town of Amriyat al-Fallujah, located in the Sunni heartland of Anbar province, 40 kilometers from Baghdad, as well as with several families who were returned to other areas in the province, reveal that many were forced to go home and several suffered death or injury.Aid workers said military trucks arrive at camps unannounced and commanders read out lists of people, who have one hour to pack their belongings and go.Abdallah, 17, told Reuters his family was forced to return to the town of Jweibeh on Nov. 26A week later masked men arrived at the family home at 2 a.m. demanding to speak to the father.
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