The Iraqi Government aided by the UN has exhumed a mass grave in the village of Kojo (Kocho), located in the Sinjar district in Iraq. The village was the site of a genocide carried out by ISIS against the country's Yazidi community.
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.
In Iraq's northern Nineveh Province, the Khafsa - a large hole that extends dozens of metres underground - contains the bodies of those killed by ISIS militants. Today Iraqis are gathered together to commemorate the massacre which took the lives of over 2070 people.
Four years after the Speicher Massacre was committed by ISIS leaving over 1700 cadets dead, the families of the cadets demand further information about their loved ones. Some families have not received their loved ones bodies in order for them to conduct a proper funeral.