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Kategorie: Faces of the East

The survivor of an ISIS massacre reunited with his mother in a refugee shelter

When ISIS overran his village in the summer of 2014, this man was packed on a truck with the other local men, driven out of town and shot. According to him, everyone around him died, including his brother. But he was only injured. He feigned death, and after the ISIS…

Displaced in Sharya

This girl was living in an unfinished school building with other Yazidi refugees in Sharya at the outskirts of Dohuk, Northern Iraq. Dohuk district, north of Mosul was never occupied by ISIS and had become one of the hotspots for Yazidi refugees. Some have been living in official UN camps,…

On being threatened by ISIS and finding refuge in Germany

Karim is a Yazidi living in Germany who was visiting his relatives in Iraq. He is originally from Sharya near Dohuk in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. But when there were several deadly terrorist attacks against Yazidis in 2007, his father sent him to Germany at the age of 18, to have…

On escaping ISIS and guarding the holiest Yazidi shrine

Haydar works as a guard at Lalish, the holiest shrine of the Yazidi people, which every member of this small religious group should visit at least once in a lifetime. The millennia-old pilgrimage site in Iraq’s Nineveh region (currently under control of the Kurdistan region of Iraq) has been a…