Building a Genocide Case for ISIS Crimes Against Yazidis

Fighters didn’t just decide to enslave and rape Yazidi women, it was a carefully executed plan by the group’s leadership

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Pictures of Yazidis slain in 2014 by Islamic State militants are found in a small room at the Lalish shrine in northern Iraq.
Pictures of Yazidis slain in 2014 by Islamic State militants are found in a small room at the Lalish shrine in northern Iraq.Credit: Maya Alleruzzo/AP Photo
Layla Taloo reacts as she visits a room in the house where she was held along with her husband and children after Islamic State militants captured the family in 2014, in Tal Afar, Iraq, August 31, 201Credit: Maya Alleruzzo/AP Photo
Yazidi Layla Taloo poses for a portrait in the full-face veil and abaya she wore while enslaved by Islamic State militants, at her home in Sharia, Iraq, September 9, 2019. Credit: Maya Alleruzzo/AP Photo
Leila Shamo displays tattoos she made while enslaved by Islamic State militants at her home near Khanke Camp, near Dohuk, Iraq, August 29, 2019. Credit: Maya Alleruzzo/AP Photo
Layla Taloo visits the Ninewa Palace Hotel, where she was once brought by her Islamic State militant captor in Mosul, Iraq, August 30, 2019. Credit: Maya Alleruzzo/AP Photo
Layla Taloo directs security forces digging in the garden where she buried her mobile phone and cigarettes while being held by Islamic State militants in 2014, in Tal Afar, Iraq, August 31, 2019.Credit: Maya Alleruzzo/AP Photo
Layla Taloo is overcome with grief as her brother, Khalid, leads her away from the compound where she last saw her husband in 2014 after the family was captured by Islamic State militants, in Tal AfarCredit: Maya Alleruzzo/AP Photo
Layla Taloo visits the grave of a Yazidi woman who took her own life after she was captured by Islamic State militants in Mosul, September 13, 2019. Credit: Maya Alleruzzo/AP Photo
Malak Saad Dakhel, an 11 year-old Yazidi, is overwhelmed during a homecoming party after her escape from Syria, in Sharia, Iraq. Credit: Maya Alleruzzo/AP Photo
Yazidi youth, dressed in traditional clothes, take part in a program to reacquaint them with their religion and culture at Khanke IDP Camp, northern Iraq. Credit: Maya Alleruzzo/AP Photo
A baby girl is anointed with water from an ancient spring by a Yazidi holy woman at the Lalish temple near Sheikhan, Iraq. Credit: Maya Alleruzzo/AP Photo
The sun sets over Sharia Camp, where Yazidis displaced by Islamic State militants are housed near Dohuk, Iraq. Credit: Maya Alleruzzo/AP Photo

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