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Iraqi refugees dodge ISIS, survive mountain trek

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Tens of thousands of refugees have fled the surge of ISIS terrorists in northern Iraq. (Source:  CBS) Tens of thousands of refugees have fled the surge of ISIS terrorists in northern Iraq. (Source: CBS)

DOHUK, NORTHERN IRAQ (CBS) - Thousands of Iraqi refugees have cheated death twice.

First at the hands of ISIS militants, and then from starvation on top of Mount Sinjar where they'd fled.

Ali Buk escaped from the mountain four days ago. He said he'd seen helicopters, but never any airdrops of food and water.

He described conditions on the mountain.

"The mountain is not good. We don't have water, we don't have food, the people there are very tired," he said.

And, he said, people were dying. He knew he had to get his young family to safety, even at the risk of running into ISIS fighters.

Like many people, he said there are still thousands of Yazidis who are trapped, or too weak to leave.

Those who made it from Mt. Sinjar to a camp make up the majority of the 15,000 refugees, three times the number the camp was designed to hold.

For now, there's enough food and water to go around. Women make bread and cook potatoes on open fires.

They've escaped the fighting, but now face an uncertain future.

Ali said the only thing he's sure of is that he can never take his family back home.

"We want to get out. We don't have a future here. We don't hope. Just everybody here feeling a bad feeling," he said.

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