January 24, 2023
Farhad Barakat
(Sinjar, Iraq)

In 2014, ISIS attacked and overran the Yezidis and their homeland around Sinjar in northern Iraq. They then went on to capture about one-third of the country.


In their genocidal campaign on the Yezidi people, ISIS killed more than 3,000, and captured about 6,000 more. Many of those were women and girls who were taken into sexual slavery and remain missing to this day.


Most of those who were killed were dumped into mass graves, which are still being located and the bodies exhumed. Families whose loved ones were taken captive have received little help from the Iraqi government in locating and freeing their family members.

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