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200,000 Yazidis still displaced in Iraq: UN

By AFP
August 05, 2022

GENEVA: Eight years on since the Islamic State jihadist group’s massacres of Yazidis, more then 200,000 survivors are still displaced from their homes in Iraq, the United Nations said on Thursday.

The needs of displaced persons living in and outside camps, and returnees remain high said the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM). After seizing swathes of Iraq in 2014, IS jihadists carried out horrific massacres, including in the northern region of Sinjar where the Kurdish-speaking Yazidi minority -- a monotheistic, esoteric community -- has long been rooted.

A lack of adequate shelter and basic services such as running water. electricity, health care and education is making durable solutions difficult for Yazidis returning home or seeking to do so.

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