It’s spring in Iraq and the early afternoon sun beats down on Khanke, a small town in the country’s Kurdish region. A single straight road divides the residents’ concrete homes from a barren cluster of tents, where almost 3,000 displaced Yazidis live.
Among them are the widows and children of the men who, in the summer of 2014, were murdered by members of Islamic State (Isil) when the group pillaged and plundered entire villages in the north of Iraq.
The Yazidis – an ethno-religious minority based primarily in north Iraq – were branded “infidels” by Isil and targeted because of their distinct cultural and religious background.
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