After experiencing genocide, the Yazidi people wanted returning to their homes in towns and villages that were under Islamic State (IS) before its defeat seven years ago. Houses of Yazidis have been destroyed by IS terrorists after formation of Caliphate. Yazidi is an ethnic minority community having particular religion living across northern Iraq and parts of Syria.
On August 3, 2014, Islamic State forces that had seized Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, invaded Sinjar province, the Yazidi heartland. Some 1,300 people were killed in the first days of the Islamic State’s murderous rampage. In addition, thousands of women and children were taken to Mosul and other parts of the Islamist group’s self-proclaimed caliphate, where they were enslaved and sold, used as sex slaves and forced to “convert” to Islam.
According to a report published by The Militant, Yazidi families are still trying to find the nearly 3,000 people who are missing. Out of a pre-2014 population of 560,000, some 200,000 are still languishing in squalid camps in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, while 160,000 have sought refuge elsewhere.