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UN exhumes Yezidi mass graves from Islamic State massacre in northern Iraq

United Nation teams have begun exhuming mass graves around the city of Kocho, hoping to identify bodies of missing people and allow their families to bury their remains, years after the IS group killed thousands of Yezidis, a 400,000 people minority. Since the Islamic State (IS) group lost control of the Sinjar region in northern Iraq, Yezidi men have protected the remains of those who died during the Kocho massacre. They suspect that some of their relatives might be found in the city’s mass grave. “I lost my two brothers in this village”, says Kocho massacre survivor Sammy. “I also lost my father and three of my uncles and nephews. We hope that these organizations find and identify the bodies so that we can bury them in line with Yezidi traditions”, he added.

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