Yazidis in Iraq: ‘The genocide is ongoing’

November 10, 2017

Samira Shackle | Al Jazeera

Khanke camp, northern Iraq – Wahda cannot sleep. During the day, she and her husband are busy caring for their 10 daughters and two sons inside Khanke camp for displaced Iraqis, located in the country’s north. It is at night that the memories come.

“I stay awake just thinking, and I’m so angry I can’t sleep,” Wahda, 41, told Al Jazeera. “I want to take revenge for my daughters.”

Her family, who are Yazidi, lived until 2014 in Sinjar, where they owned a house, a car and a small business. The area was home to around 400,000 followers of the ancient Yazidi religion before it was stormed by fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in August 2014.

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