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A photo journey home with ISIS survivor Nadia Murad to her Yezidi village

By Hannah Lynch and Chris Johannes 2/6/2017
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On August 2, 2014 thousands of Yezidis from the village of Kocho in northern Iraq were rounded up and summarily killed by ISIS. Many women and girls were sold into slavery by ISIS. Since escaping captivity, Nadia Murad has become an outspoken representative of the Yezidi people and for others who faced atrocities at the hands of ISIS. She made the journey home on June 1, 2017.


Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi forces secured the route through Shingal

 

Locals are happy to see Nadia after almost three years 

 

Yezidi Peshmerga fighters from Kocho awaited the global face of their people

Nadia was overcome with emotion after meeting a relative and other Yezidis

 


The United Nations recognized Nadia as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking last year. She spoke at the school where ISIS separated men to be killed and women to be sold as sex slaves



It was a sad day for many

 


Iraqi forces pushed ISIS out of this destructed town last week

 


Nadia gave one last look at her childhood village Kocho


Comments

 
Ron Uk | 5/6/2017
Sorry.. But some things are not meant to be filmed. This is a personal tragedy. It breaks your heart to think what all these poor, innocent people have gone through. There great loss and personal grief. And what have they to return to ??? more of the same. Heart felt sympathy to all those poor people. To all those power hungry madmen..... built a new country and put the people first... or there will never be peace. Always the meek and innocent suffer.
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