Friday 21 October 2016 by Yara Rodrigues Fowler Iraq in photos: Children flee fighting As the assault on Mosul, Iraq, continues, thousands of children and families are being forced to flee fighting, leaving their homes behind. A young boy plays at Dibis checkpoint near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, where people have fled fighting around Hawija. Smoke billows from oil wells set alight by retreating IS fighters near the town of Qayyarah, about 50 miles to the south of Mosul. A Save the Children field staff member talks to a crowd of displaced people before distributing water and emergency supplies to about 300 families. A boy runs with his family carrying bottled water distributed by Save the Children. Three-year-old Ali* is covered in grime from burning oil wells, set on fire by IS. A woman and child south of Mosul. Qayyarah, Iraq. An abandoned classroom. Ask your MP to protect Iraq’s children.