Mass grave discovered in Sinjar, believed to date back to ISIS attacks

The discovery was made during preparations for road construction, shedding light on the atrocities committed during the ISIS onslaught on Sinjar in 2014.
Remains of a victim in the mass grave discovered in Sinjar, April 19, 2024. (Photo: Kurdistan 24 via PETRICHOR)
Remains of a victim in the mass grave discovered in Sinjar, April 19, 2024. (Photo: Kurdistan 24 via PETRICHOR)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - A mass grave has been uncovered in the community of Siba Sheikh Dri in Sinjar, as reported by Kurdistan24's correspondent in the region.

The discovery was made during preparations for road construction, shedding light on the atrocities committed during the ISIS onslaught on Sinjar in 2014.

The organization for Human Rights, PETRICHOR, announced its involvement in the excavation of the mass grave, pledging to focus on its specific aspects.

To date, 38 out of 89 mass graves in Sinjar have been excavated, leading to the return of 160 individuals' remains to their families. Additionally, 500 bodies have been forwarded to Baghdad's forensic medical examination for DNA testing.

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The horrific events of August 3, 2014, saw ISIS terrorists launch a genocidal campaign against the Yazidi population in Sinjar and surrounding areas. Thousands were kidnapped, including over 6,500 Yazidi women and children, while more than 350,000 people were displaced from their homes, seeking refuge in Kurdistan Region camps. Tragically, approximately 2,500 Yazidis remain unaccounted for.

The liberation of Sinjar on November 13, 2015, by Peshmerga forces under the leadership of President Barzani marked a turning point in the region's struggle against ISIS terror.

Furthermore, the signing of the Sinjar Agreement on October 9, 2020, between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi government in Baghdad aimed to address the region's governance and security challenges, signaling a step towards stability and reconciliation.

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