On the Line: The Forgotten People of Mount Sinjar


At the foot of a short mountain range in northern Iraq lies the city-district of Shingal, long home to the Yazidi people, an often-targeted ethnic minority. In 2014, the Islamic State seized Shingal, slaughtering 5,000 Yazidis, enslaving many of the women, and sending 60,000 fleeing for their lives onto nearby Mount Sinjar. Many remain in a tent-city limbo, carving an existence from the jagged mountain terrain as the conflict trudges on. In 2018, military tensions there mount between guerrilla fighters, Turkey, and Iraq, as the city remains in ruins—further delaying the return of Mount Sinjar’s forgotten Yazidi to their historic home.


USA News


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