Crime

Second phase of uncovering Ezidi mass graves to begin in Sinjar

Iraq

A joint team of specialists from the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government are undertaking the second phase of uncovering mass graves in Sinjar.

The second phase of uncovering Ezidi mass graves in Sinjar’s Kocho village will begin on Friday (April 12), an official has said.

A joint team of specialists from the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government will handle the delicate, painstaking process, team leader Zya Kareem told NRT Digital Media.

“All the bodies will be sent to Baghdad’s forensic department,” he said.

After identification, the victims’ remains will be handed over to their families, he added.

Kocho is located 20 kilometers from Sinjar and many of its residents were killed or abducted when Islamic State militants attacked.

The first phase began on March 21, when 28 remains were uncovered in a mass grave in the village.

On March 31, the United Nations Investigative Team for the Promotion of Accountability for Crimes Committed by Da’esh/ISIL (UNITAD) said that it would continue to provide forensic and technical support to the team during the second phase.

The Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs in the Kurdistan Region has said there were 217 Ezidi mass graves in Sinjar.

More than 3,000 Ezidis remain missing out of the more than 6,000 who were abducted.

Last November, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq said that it had identified 202 mass graves in areas liberated from Islamic State.

Image: AP

Article: NRT