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.
Yazidi pilgrims' joy is doubled during seven-day festival known as Jemayyiat as one of their own is awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. The Yazidis say that the Nobel Prize that went to ISIS Survivor, Nadia Murad, is a 'victory for all 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.