Silence after the deluge

In the early morning hours of third August 2014, the “Islamic State” launched a coordinated attack against the Yazidis across the Sinjar region of Northern Iraq. Thousands of men got killed, around 7000 women forced into slavery and boys who had not reached puberty, kidnapped, brainwashed and recruited as child soldiers. In the following two years of occupation, IS destroyed most of the cultural and religious heritage of the Yazidi Faith and looted and destroyed privat homes.

A UN inquiry stated that the IS actions against the Yazidis amounted to multiple war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.

Four years later, in the summer of 2018, the aftermath of those events are still visible in the streets, stories and sounds of Shangal.