ICMP Begins Exhuming Yazidi Mass Graves in Sinjar, Iraq

ICMP Begins Exhuming Yazidi Mass Graves in Sinjar, Iraq

On 27th of March, an international team of experts began to exhume the Yazidi mass graves which had been discovered in Sinjar district, northern Iraq.

On 27th of March, an international team of experts began to exhume the Yazidi mass graves which had been discovered in Sinjar district, northern Iraq.

A team of international experts began exhuming the mass graves of Yazidis on Sunday, March 27 and documenting the evidence of the atrocities committed by the ISIS militants against the religious minority of Yazidis in Sinjar, Duhok province.

Trefor Williams, the Head of Iraq Programme of International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), explained that they are trying to preserve the mass graves sites to remain as evidences of massacres waged against Yazidis in Iraq.

ICMP will be training and professionalizing local experts to continue exhuming the mass graves, Williams explained.

Mahama Khalil, the Mayor of Sinjar district, had earlier stated that 30 mass graves of Yazidis were discovered in Sinjar.

IS militants took control of the Yezidi-majority city of Sinjar in northern Iraq on August 3, 2014 and began killing and enslaving Yazidi people as part of their campaign to eliminate the religious minority deemed by the extremists as "devil worshippers."

Since then, the human rights advocates have been searching for mass graves and have so far documented more than 30 mass graves across the region.


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