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A Picture and Its Story 

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Blue-Eyed Yazidi Girl - 19 Aug 2014 
Reuters photographer Youssef Boudlal captured a striking portrait of a blue-eyed Iraqi girl from the Yazidi sect who escaped from Mount Sinjar. 
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August 13, 2014 
A girl from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, rests at the... 
FISHKHABOUR, Iraq 
A girl from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, rests at the... 
A girl from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, rests at the Iraqi-Syrian border, August 13, 2014.  
Youssef Boudlal - I remember the scene well. It was the day that I arrived at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing of Fishkhabour.
With shocked, sunburnt faces, men, women and children in dirt-caked clothes were struggling in temperatures of over 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit), waiting patiently for local Kurdish aid.
At first, I focused my camera on a group of women sitting on the ground, but when I turned away I saw this little girl.
I took one shot of her there and as she saw me, she gave me a smile. I captured another frame of her with her mother.
I was drawn to her wild beauty in this terrible situation. There is a kind of intensity, distress and sadness in her eyes.
I know that she is 6 years old because I asked her mother, but unfortunately I didn’t ask for her name. The family was coming from the Iraqi town of Sinjar, fleeing Islamic State militants.
It was really sad not only to see this girl, but also to see the hundred others who were dirty, exhausted, and sitting amongst garbage in the heat.
I have been in Iraq for over a week now. It’s my first time in the country, and though I have been to many conflict zones, nothing compares to seeing these displaced people.
I wonder what their state of mind can be as they walk for miles and hours through the mountains with a few of their belongings.
I would be very curious to see the blonde girl who I photographed again. I wonder what will become of her. I wonder what will become of all the others.
REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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August 13, 2014 
A displaced family from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, waits... 
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A displaced family from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, waits... 
A displaced family from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, waits for food while resting at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province August 13, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS CONFLICT SOCIETY ) 
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August 13, 2014 
A boy from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, mourns his father's... 
FISHKHABOUR, Iraq 
A boy from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, mourns his father's... 
A boy from the minority Yazidi sect, who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, mourns his father's death at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province August 13, 2014. According to the family, the 40-year-old man died due to ill health while walking from Sinjar mountains to re-unite with his family at the border. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS) 
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August 13, 2014 
A displaced family from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, mourns... 
FISHKHABOUR, Iraq 
A displaced family from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, mourns... 
A displaced family from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, mourns the death of a family member at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province August 13, 2014. According to the family, the 40-year-old man died due to ill health while walking from Sinjar mountains to re-unite with his family at the border. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal (IRAQ - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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