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A woman who fled the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar earier this year  sits with a child in Syria's northern town of Qamishli (CNS)

Francis meets patriarch and 350 bishops, priests and lay people from the Syriac Catholic Church

Iraqi refugee Khiria Al-Kas Isaac (Pic by Sahar Mansour in Ankawa, Iraq)

Refugee told militant she would rather die than give up her Christian faith.

Iraqi refugees who have fled from the Islamic State

Christian and Yazidi refugees living in horrific conditions, clerics find

An elderly Iraqi woman fleeing Islamic State violence pictured at a refugee camp (CNS)

Group of Iraqis refused demands of extremists to ‘convert to Islam or be beheaded’

A displaced woman and child flee violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar (CNS)

State-run Iraqia TV says pilot dies after crash in Sinjar mountains

Displaced Iraqi Christian families, who fled from the village of Hamdaniya near the northern city of Mosul (PA)

Babies and the elderly among those suffering from diseases, thirst and malnutrition