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Feature - ISIS' Yazidi Child Soldiers
Newsha Tavakolian
(April, 2019)

1,500 children are now being held in Iraq, charged with being members of ISIS but hundreds of others are returning to their homes with shattered souls and need to be healed. Thousands of boys were kidnapped from their northern Iraq communities and turned into child soldiers: they were beaten, indoctrinated, and forced to witness and commit horrible violence. The Yazidi minority suffered greatly from ISIS’ campaigns. Half were displaced and approximately 6,000 were killed, captured, or enslaved. 3,000 are still considered missing. Some child soldiers are now returning to their Yazidi...

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IRAQ. Lalesh. 2019. Yazidis at prayer.
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. Hand prints of Yazidi's who came to pray at...
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IRAQ. Lalesh, Dohuk. 2019. Heriya Kret, from the “Pir” or priest...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. A view of a Yazidi cemetery in Dohuk were...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. A view of a Yazidi cemetery in Dohuk were...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. -- Judge Ayman Mostafa, presiding judge at...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. -- Judge Ayman Mostafa, presiding judge at...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. Sairan Khalaf who has just been reunited only...
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IRAQ. Khanke. 2019. -- Subha, 35, and her children, Fahad, 15,...
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IRAQ. Khanke. 2019. -- Subha, 35, and the hands of her children,...
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IRAQ. Khanke. 2019. Fahad, who’d been trained as an ISIS fighter,...
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IRAQ. Sharia Village. 2019. Thalal, 15 years old. Thalal was...
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IRAQ. Khanke. 2019. Father Patrick Desbois and team interview...
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IRAQ. Khanke. 2019. -- This 12-year-old former child fighter...
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IRAQ. Khanke. 2019. -- This 12-year-old former child fighter...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. Azad Jirdo Khalef, 16 survived the “Line of...
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Khayri Abdullah Masi, 40, with children Shalal,...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019.
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. Father Patrick Desbois and team interview...
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IRAQ. Khanke. 2019.
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. -- Boys and young men have lots of time to...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. -- Boys and young men have lots of time to...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. -- Boys and young men have lots of time to...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. -- Boys and young men have lots of time to...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. -- Boys and young men have lots of time to...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. -- Boys and young men have lots of time to...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. Group of widows knitting in a orphanage house...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. Kid's Playing outside of Refugee camp in Dohuk....
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. -- Father Patrick Desbois’ Kurdistan-based...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. on 2.16.19 interviewed boy” Vian S. at Cham...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. Shalal, 15, Rawa, 12 years old at their home...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. Portrait of Ashrawe, 18 years old at his uncle's...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. Thikraan Kamiran, an 18-year-old former fighter,...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. Thikraan Kamiran, an 18-year-old former fighter,...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. Thikraan Kamiran, 18-year-old former fighter...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. Thikraan Kamiran, an 18-year-old former fighter,...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. Thikraan Kamiran, an 18-year-old former fighter,...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. Thikraan Kamiran, an 18-year-old former fighter,...
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IRAQ. Dohuk. 2019. Thikraan Kamiran, an 18-year-old former fighter,...
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