Five years on, has the world forgotten the Yazidis who fled to the mountains?

The genocide did not end when the bullets stopped flying in Sinjar. In the years since, the suffering of the Yazidi people has continued, and yet the world has seemingly moved on

Richard Hall
Tuesday 06 August 2019 01:40 BST

This weekend saw the passing of the fifth anniversary of the Yazidi genocide.

In the early hours of 3 August 2014, Isis fighters rampaged through the town of Sinjar in northern Iraq, the community’s historic homeland. The fighters massacred thousands of men where they stood, and took an even greater number of women and children into slavery.

Those who managed to escape the first wave of killings were chased up the winding roads of Mount Sinjar, which has been a place of refuge for the Yazidis throughout their history. Many died of thirst as they fled.

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