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Residents of Shaqlawa could not expect that, soon after the fall of Fallujah in the hands of ISIS in January 2014 and during the subsequent crisis, their small town on the mountains not far from Erbil would have turned into the shelter of thousands of displaced Iraqis.
Right now, the population of the displaced doubles the residents, with around 40,000 IDPs living in shelters, houses and hotels, filling the streets of what once was a famous touristic destination, changing the life and demography of the small kurdish town.