Despite three years passing since the defeat of ISIS in Sinjar, residents say that the city has not recovered from the damage. Furthermore, the struggle between the central government and the KRG has placed the city in political impasse.
The closure meant that Yazidis in Sinjar, who wanted to travel to Dahuk, home to their celebrated Lalesh temple and tens of thousands of other Yazidis uprooted by IS’ genocidal spree, had to spend over five hours navigating hostile terrain.
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.