They went at full speed. They could not do otherwise. In a few minutes they had to flee the villages and towns where their ancestors had lived for thousands of years.
More than 1.2 million people have fled their homes in Iraq since the 2014 armed uprising of Sunni Muslim extremists self-proclaimed "Islamic State", which have successively occupied Mosul, Sinjar, Anbar and Nineveh valleys.
Many of those who fled belong to religious minorities such as Christians, Yazidis and Shiites who have been targeted by extremists.
All they could take with them was confiscated at checkpoints. When they arrive to the Iraqi Kurdish sites Erbil and Dohuk, they have nothing.
"They are desperate," said Nabil Nissan, Executive Director of Caritas Iraq. "They have lost all hope that the international community can act quickly enough to stop this humanitarian tragedy. "
Forced to seek refuge in churches and parks, while the temperature reaches 45 ° C, they need food, shelter, water, medical care and basic items.
Caritas organizations working with Caritas Iraq and local parishes to provide assistance in Erbil, Dohuk and Zakho, regardless of their religion and their ethnic or political affiliation.
Caritas has provided food, water, sleep and basic necessities, educational support, post-trauma and training on peacekeeping advice.