Most estimates put the number of known victims between 5,200 and 15,000, with some calculations based on Daesh propaganda and others on the testimonies of survivors. Some of the graves are scattered throughout Sinjar Mountain in Northern Iraq, after the group recaptured the territory in August 2014 from the Yazidi ethnic group.
Every day Rasho Qassim drives past a grave containing the remains of his two sons. The territory has since been retaken from the violent extremists, but a lack of funding or government action has left the site roped off and unexcavated. “We want to take them out of here. There are only bones left. But they said ‘No, they have to stay there, a committee will come and exhume them later,’” he said, according to the Associated Press. “It has been two years but nobody has come.”
Sinjar Mountain’s northern flank also contains five grave sites containing the bodies of young men from the Hardan village who were killed in Daesh attacks in 2014.
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