During their control over the majority-Yazidi city of Sinjar in northern Iraq, Daesh militants slaughtered thousands of Yazidi men and boys, and buried them in mass graves. The Iraqi Government has recently begun examining the bodies found in mass graves left by the militant group in order to identity the victims.
"I am from this city and many of these bodies belong to my relatives, neighbours, and friends." Syrians from Raqqa speak out about the mass graves that are still being found in the city a year after liberation from ISIS.
Over 200 grave sites containing corpses of ISIS victims were found in the areas formerly controlled by ISIS in Iraq. Reports says sites in Mosul could contain critical forensic material to assist in the identification of ISIS victims.
It's been four years since the Islamic State (IS) ransacked Sinjar, but political wranglings have made exhumations of the dead impossible. Yazidis who have lost touch with family members under ISIS' rule mourn because they don't know whether to look for their loved ones amongst the mass graves or if they are still alive.
After the ousting of ISIS by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Raqqa, Human Rights Watch calls upon international community to help Syrian families excavate the bodies of the civilians killed by ISIS.