LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Saturday marks the fifth anniversary of Islamic State’s assault on Iraq’s Yazidi minority, described by the United Nations as a genocide, in which thousands were killed or abducted.
The Aug. 3, 2014 attack on Mount Sinjar, the Yazidi heartland, shocked the international community and prompted the United States to carry out air strikes against Islamic State and airdrop relief to thousands trapped on the desert mountaintop.
Here are 10 facts about the Yazidi people:
Sources: United Nations, Reuters, Thomson Reuters Foundation, Yazda
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